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Five Exeter Chiefs players in England squad

Cowan-Dickie, Hill, Nowell, Simmonds and Slade called up

England head coach Eddie Jones has named five Exeter Chiefs stars in his 36-man England squad ahead of the Six Nations.

Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jonny Hill, Jack Nowell, Sam Simmonds and Henry Slade will meet up with the res of the England squad on Monday for a five-day training camp.

Aside from Nowell - who returns to the international fold for the first time since the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019 - the remaining Chiefs all featured for England during their Autumn Nations Series campaign.

Owen Farrell will captain England, while team vice captains will be announced ahead of each match.

Jones said: “Selecting this squad has been a difficult task, we’ve got plenty of good young players coming through and some of our more experienced are rediscovering their best form.

“We think this 36 for the first training week reflects a good balance of that experience and up-and-coming talent. In Brighton we’ll focus on getting the fundamentals of our game in play right and developing the cohesion of the team. The Six Nations is going to be the most competitive we’ve ever seen. All the countries performed well in the autumn, so we need to be at our best and improve with every game.”

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