Six Nations squad news

 Mar 04,2013
Written by: Editor

Leceister Tigers flank Tom Croft has been called into the England squad to prepare for Sunday's Six Nations clash with Italy at Twickenham.

Bad news for England fans however is that fly-half Owen Farrell is set to miss the penultimate match of the championship after failing to recover from a thigh strain sustained against France.

In Farrell's absence, Toby Flood will start against Italy.

Ronan O'Gara is the big name missing from Ireland's 32-man squad for their match against France in Dublin.

The veteran fly-half has struggled to find his rhythm in recent months, with Paddy Jackson getting the nod ahead of him for the defeat by Scotland following Jonathan Sexton's withdrawal due to injury.

The omission may well signal the end for Ireland's most-capped player at international level, with the last of his 128 appearances coming as a substitute during the Scotland game.

France have been dealt a blow after hooker Dimitri Szarzewski was ruled out of the clash with Ireland due to a thigh and shoulder injury.

The Racing Metro front-row forward sustained the problems during Saturday's victory over Grenoble and is replaced by Perpignan's Guilhem Guirado

Scotland have recalled Euan Murray and Alasdair Strokosch into their squad for this Saturday's clash with Wales at Murrayfield.

Tighthead prop Murray and 31-times-capped Perpignan flanker Strokosch both missed last month's 12-8 win over Ireland.

32-year-old Murray was unavailable as he will not play on Sunday for religious reasons, while Strokosch was ruled out by a facial injury he suffered in the Calcutta Cup defeat at Twickenham.



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