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Hughes to return

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

LONDON - Nadi man and England's No.8 Nathan Hughes could return for their Six Nations showdown with Scotland next week after the powerful number eight was yesterday named in a 32-man squad following injury.

Hughes, 26, did not take part in England's opening two matches but replaces Sam Simmonds who, after an impressive performance and brace of tries in the victory over Italy, was injured during the win over Wales on Sunday.

England head coach Eddie Jones also recalled British & Irish Lions forwards James Haskell and Joe Marler who were suspended for the opening two rounds.

As part of their preparation for the trip to Murrayfield, England's forwards will spend two days this week training against Georgia with Jones wanting his side to become the best scrummaging side in the world.

"We want to have the best scrum in the world and they are the biggest, ugliest, strongest scrum pack in the world, so it's fantastic," Jones was quoted as saying on the RFU website.

"We want to win the Six Nations but we are also using this as preparation for the (2019) Rugby World Cup so it's a great opportunity for us to get some quality scrum practice in."

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