Far­rell, Itoje set for England re­call

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LON­DON: England coach Ed­die Jones is set to re­call Owen Far­rell and Maro Itoje to face Aus­tralia af­ter they were in­cluded in the ini­tial 25-man squad yes­ter­day.

Far­rell and Itoje were both rested for England’s un­der­whelm­ing 21-8 vic­tory over Ar­gentina last week­end.

Ge­orge Kruis, who started against Ar­gentina, as well as El­lis Genge and Alex Lo­zowski, are among nine play­ers to re­turn to their Pre­mier­ship clubs. Loose­head prop Joe Mar­ler re­turns from sus­pen­sion.

England are look­ing for a fifth con­sec­u­tive win against Aus­tralia at Twick­en­ham on Satur­day.

England squad: Mike Brown, El­liot Daly, Jonny May, Semesa Roko­duguni, An­thony Wat­son, Danny Care, Owen Far­rell, Ge­orge Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Henry Slade, Ben Youngs, Char­lie Ewels, Nathan Hughes, Maro Itoje, Joe Launch­bury, Court­ney Lawes, Chris Rob­shaw, Sam Sim­monds, Sam Un­der­hill, Dan Cole, Jamie Ge­orge, Dy­lan Hart­ley, Joe Mar­ler, Mako Vu­nipola, Harry Wil­liams

Wales cen­tre Jonathan Davies faces six months on the side­lines, ef­fec­tively miss­ing next year’s Six Na­tions, af­ter be­ing told he needed surgery on a foot in­jury suf­fered in the 29-21 de­feat by Aus­tralia on Satur­day.

The Bri­tish and Irish Lion was car­ried off in Cardiff af­ter turn­ing his an­kle in an awk­ward fall and adds to his coun­try’s in­jury woes.

Wales are al­ready with­out in­jured cap­tain Sam War­bur­ton and flanker Ross Mo­ri­arty. Justin Tipuric and Rhys Webb missed the clash against the Wal­la­bies, but are ex­pected to re­turn against Ge­or­gia in Cardiff this Satur­day.

Mean­while, Scot­land’s new prop Darryl Marfo is look­ing for­ward to an al­most im­plau­si­ble week­end match-up against world cham­pi­ons New Zealand at Mur­ray­field just three months af­ter be­ing with­out a club. The 27-year-old Lon­don-born loose­head has had a fairy­tale rise up the ranks in the last weeks, not long af­ter he con­sid­ered giv­ing up the game be­cause he “needed money”.

At the start of the sea­son Marfo was with­out a club af­ter a short­term con­tract with Bath ended.

He chanced his luck on Ed­in­burgh need­ing re­in­force­ments af­ter Al­lan Dell’s in­jury on the Bri­tish Lions tour of New Zealand.

Marfo was ef­fec­tively only fourth-choice be­hind Dell, Alas­dair Dick­in­son and Rory Suther­land and then found him­self even lower in the peck­ing or­der when Ital­ian loose­head Michele Rizzo ar­rived from Le­ices­ter Tigers on loan a month later. But in­juries to the first three saw him el­e­vated to the bench and then Rizzo was red­carded and sus­pended, al­low­ing Marfo to play and make his mark. – Reuters

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