Feb 26, 2017 at 3pm UK

Mako Vunipola left out of England training squad ahead of Italy match

Mako Vunipola looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on October 31, 2013
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There is no place for Mako Vunipola in England's training squad ahead of the Six Nations meeting with Italy, but Anthony Watson has overcome an injury to feature.

England head coach Eddie Jones has again left out Mako Vunipola from his training squad ahead of the Six Nations showdown with Italy later this month.

The Saracens prop had been expected to be called up to the side for the Twickenham clash on February 26 after missing the past two months with a knee injury.

It has been decided that Vunipola will instead continue to build up his fitness with his club side, and could play a part in Friday's Aviva Premiership match with Gloucester Rugby at the Kingsholm Stadium.

There is a place in the 25-man squad for Bath Rugby ace Anthony Watson, however, after overcoming a hamstring injury picked up last month.

Jones intends to shake up his starting lineup for the visit of Italy in the third match of England's Six Nations title defence, as they look to make it 17 wins in succession.

England training squad:

Forwards: Jack Clifford, Dan Cole, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Dylan Hartley, James Haskell, Paul Hill, Nathan Hughes, Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Tom Wood

Backs: Mike Brown, Danny Care, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Ben Te'o, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs

England winger Anthony Watson touches down despite the best efforts of Wales counterpart George North during the meeting between the two sides at Twickenham on May 29, 2016
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