Kruis hands England injury scare

England have retained 25 players to prepare for Saturday’s opening Six Nations fixture against France at Twickenham.

George Kruis (Saracens) will go for further medical assessment on Wednesday to determine the extent of a knee injury picked-up in training on Tuesday.

Maro Itoje is set to start in the back row at blindside flanker while England have retained three loosehead props – Joe Marler, Matt Mullan and Ellis Genge.

Forwards: Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Jonny May (Gloucester), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)