Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is a "tremendous talent" who will continue to improve, according to England manager Gareth Southgate.

West Indies interim head coach Richard Pybus insists he is not letting the row regarding his appointment cloud his focus ahead of the Test series against England.

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young does not expect injuries to Joe Launchbury, Nathan Hughes and Brad Shields to affect England's Six Nations campaign.

England coach Trevor Bayliss insists the team will be wary of the challenge posed by the Windies ahead of the upcoming series in the Caribbean.

The English, who sit a comfortable four spots above the Windies, at two, on the ICC Test ranking table, will start the series as heavy favourites based on current form and experience. 

The regional team heads back home on the back of a disappointing tour of Asia where they were handily defeated by India and Bangladesh.  In fact, the team is currently on a four-match losing streak.  Despite that fact, however, Bayliss does not expect the Caribbean unit to be pushovers.

"It's a bit of a different pressure but West Indies have had some decent results over the past 12 to 18 months," said Bayliss.

"They beat us in a Test match not all that long ago, so I'm sure that will be fresh in the minds.

If history is anything to go by, Bayliss’ caution is not without merit as the English have not won either of their past two Test series in the Caribbean and were only 2-1 winners against the Windies in the 2017 home series.

"I know full well that playing away from home against any Test nation is not easy. We'll have to play some good cricket to win.”

The first Test against West Indies gets under way in Barbados on Wednesday, with the second Test starting on 31 January and the third on 9 February.

The hurt of England's 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign still lingers among the squad four years on, according to Billy Vunipola.

Eddie Jones has suggested he could pick Jack Nowell at openside flanker and play nine forwards in an alternative approach ahead of England's Six Nations campaign. 

Mark Wood has been called up to the England Test squad for the series against West Indies as a replacement for fellow paceman Olly Stone.

Co-captain Dylan Hartley has been left out of England's training squad for their Six Nations opener against Ireland as the hooker battles a knee injury.

Co-captain Dylan Hartley has been left out of England's training squad for their Six Nations opener against Ireland, as the hooker battles a knee injury.

Windies cricket analyst Fazeer Mohammed insists it would be difficult to argue against recently recalled batsman Darren Bravo’s spot in the squad, based on merit, due to the lack of quality options available to the regional selectors.

The 29-year old batsman has been called to the team ahead of the Test series against England, his first inclusion in a regional team for the game’s longest format in two years. 

Having been out of the game for an extended period, Bravo, who boasts a Test average of 40, would hardly have had a recent record of form to recommend him to the squad, having only played one match in the ongoing West Indies Championship. 

Following a disastrous tour of Asia, however, a board of selectors looking for changes and experience could hardly be expected to pass over the talented batsman.    

“He has justified it on reputation not performance, as far as first-class cricket is concerned,” Mohammed told the SportsMax Zone.

“If you use the yardstick of having played a lot of first-class cricket to confirm your spot it would be difficult as he has only played the one match for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force the previous weekend,” he added.

“The fact of the matter is that the cupboard is pretty much bare when it comes to West Indies cricket at the moment and therefore you would have expected changes following the embarrassment in India and Bangladesh.”

Bravo ran afoul of the regional body in 2016 after calling Cricket West Indies boss Dave Cameron a ‘big idiot’ in a tweet.

Olly Stone will be sent home from England's tour of the West Indies after suffering a stress injury in his lower back.

Uncapped John Campbell and Shamar Brooks could make their debut in the England series but both batsmen average under 35.  Are their better options available?

Out-of-favour batsman Darren Bravo is set to rejoin the Windies Test team for the first time in two years having been selected for the upcoming series against England.

The 29-year-old Bravo has often been considered one of the region’s most promising prospects in the game’s longest format, an area that has seen the team struggle mightily in recent years.  Bravo, however, ran afoul of the cricket board in 2016 after a tweet that called CWI president Dave Cameron a ‘big idiot’ surfaced on his Twitter profile during a contract dispute.

Following talks late last year the way was clear for the player to return to the unit and was recalled to the Windies one-day squad but was yet to be included in the longest format. 

Bravo is expected to be joined by debutants John Campbell, a 26-year-old left-handed opener from Jamaica, and Shamarh Brooks, the former West Indies Under-19 captain. 

Windies chairman of selectors Courtney Brown insisted on the back of disappointing tour of Bangladesh that the time was right for changes with the series coming up on home soil.

"After a difficult Test Series in Bangladesh late last year the opportunity presents itself for our team to pick itself up," said Brown.

 "Although a tough series against England is anticipated, home turf has always been a place where our team has made strides."

George Ford says his battle with Owen Farrell for England's number 10 jersey has become an "obsession" for people outside the England camp over recent years.

Farrell had generally been utilised as a centre in a system that accommodated both men until he was given a run of matches at fly-half in November, with Ford limited to only one start in the four fixtures – a 35-15 win over Japan at Twickenham.

With Ford's place in Eddie Jones' first-choice XV now at stake heading into a World Cup year, the perception could be that the rivalry between Ford and Farrell will intensify.

But Leicester Tigers man Ford insists he will always put the team ahead of his own personal ambitions in pursuit of international success.

"I think people get a little bit obsessed with it, to be honest," Ford told Omnisport, speaking on behalf of Land Rover at an off-road driving event.

"I think at the end of the day we want to both be part of a successful England team and that's what we're going to try and do because selection is up to Eddie and the coaches and whatever our roles are within that, we'll do it to the best of our ability. Because we want to be successful and we want to be a successful English team.

"I think we'll both try and improve and develop our games for ourselves but also for the good of the team as well so we can win games."

England were shock fifth-place finishers in last season's Six Nations and begin this year's championship in Dublin on February 2 against an Ireland side who completed the Grand Slam with victory at Twickenham in 2018.

"We don't want that [finishing fifth] to happen again," he continued. "I think from campaign to campaign. After that we went to from the South African tour [a 2-1 series defeat] to the autumn, we became tighter as a group and we took certain aspects of our game to a new level.

"We feel like we're improving and getting better but also feel there's a fair amount to go in terms of how good we can be. It's exciting for us as a team and we'll take each game as it comes in this campaign."

On England's Six Nations opener against Ireland, England team-mate Maro Itoje added: "It's going to be a great game.

"I'm sure it's going to be a very dramatic game, two teams going at it and trying to get the result for their respective nation. It's going to be great.

"As a player, hopefully I am looking forward to be part of it, and as an England fan as well, I'm looking forward to watching it back."

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Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder expects Taulupe Faletau to be fit for Wales' Six Nations campaign and has offered a positive injury update on England's Jonathan Joseph.

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