The Leicester Tigers scrum-half has started all four previous matches in this season’s Championship and lines up alongside clubmates Toby Flood and Tom Croft. Julian White completes the Tigers contingent as he is named among the replacements.
The Six Nations action kicks off with Italy against France on Saturday at 1.15pm. Martin Castrogiovanni is named on the Italian bench but Tigers colleague Benjamin Kayser has been withdrawn from the France squad due to injury.
England face Scotland at 3.30pm and then Ireland and Wales lock horns at 5.30pm. Tigers full-back Geordan Murphy is named among the replacements as Ireland chase a Grand Slam.
All RBS 6 Nations matches are shown live on BBC1.
Tigers duo Greig Tonks and Will Hurrell are included in the England Under-20s squad to face Scotland at Worcester on Friday evening. The game is to be shown live by Sky Sports.