England head coach Steve Borthwick’s England have been forced to withdraw another centre just days out from their opening match of the 2023 Guinness Six Nations.
Yesterday Henry Slade was withdrawn and today the RFU have confirmed that Dan Kelly has also been removed from the squad.
“Dan Kelly has been withdrawn from the England squad who are preparing to play Scotland this weekend in the Guinness Six Nations with a thigh injury,” read an RFU statement. “Guy Porter has been called up by head coach Steve Borthwick. Porter has joined with the squad who are training at the Honda England Rugby Performance Centre at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot.”
On Sunday Slade was ruled out of the opener against Scotland at Twickenham with a hip injury. Slade picked up the knock during Exeter’s game against Castres last weekend and has not recovered sufficiently to be considered for selection, but Jamie George is included in the squad ahead of the Calcutta Cup clash on February 4.
The Saracens hooker was initially withdrawn from the group after he was concussed in their defeat to Edinburgh last weekend. He will continue to work through his graduated return-to-play protocols.
Anthony Watson has also been recalled following injury, England Rugby confirmed in a squad update issued on Sunday evening.
Borthwick said: “This is a very important week for us as we prepare for our first game against Scotland.