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.

England back-row forward Sam Underhill will miss the entire Six Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle.

Retired Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has lamented a lack of opportunity to make a bigger impression at the international level.

The 35-year-old called time on his international career last year, following a 12-year stint with the regional team.  At the time of his retirement, the Trinidadian native had, however, not played Test cricket since 2010 or an ODI game since 2014.  In T20 international’s Bravo had fared a bit better playing his last match against Pakistan in 2016.

During his playing days, Bravo was among a group of senior players that often found themselves at odds with the regional governing body (then WICB) and infamously captained the team that abandoned the tour of India in 2014 over a wage dispute.

The player, however, continued to play T20 League cricket going on to be considered as one of the best all-rounders in the world.

“I could have achieved a lot in international cricket, but it was cut short.  I am happy that I was able to represent West Indies at the international level.   Not too many people get the opportunity to represent their country,” Bravo said.

 “I am fortunate enough to have been a part of the West Indies set-up for more than 12 years.  I enjoyed every moment of it.  I haven’t achieved much (at international level), having not got too many opportunities.  Such is life.  There are some things you don’t have control over.  But my career went on and my brand developed even bigger without playing international cricket because I was able to play around the world and fans welcomed me.”

Danny Cipriani will make his return from injury for Gloucester in the European Rugby Champions Cup on Friday.

The England international, who has been snubbed by Eddie Jones in recent months, had been ruled out for up to six weeks with a chest injury just before Christmas.

But Cipriani is fit again ahead of schedule and has been named at fly-half in the team to start against Munster this week.

Gloucester are in desperate need of a positive result after losing to Exeter Chiefs last time out in December as Cipriani suffered a small tear to a muscle in his chest.

A swift return could boost Cipriani's slim chances of a Six Nations call-up.

Ashley Giles is open to the possibility of employing split coaches for England's Test and limited-overs teams when Trevor Bayliss leaves his role.

Bayliss is to oversee England's Cricket World Cup campaign and the home Ashes series against his native Australia before departing as head coach after four years in charge in September.

Giles, England's new managing director of men's cricket, previously worked as limited-overs coach between 2012 and 2014 when Andy Flower oversaw the Test team.

However, Flower later resumed responsibility for all formats after a disappointing ICC World Twenty20 defeat to Netherlands saw Giles dismissed, but he insists splitting the positions can work.

"It was not a great period for both of us," Giles told Sky Sports.

"Does that mean split coaches can't work? I don't think so. We need to look at all options going forward. We will look at everything.

"It's too early – day three in the job – to make a commitment on that but everything is on the table at the moment in terms of split roles, one man with split roles underneath, a T20 head coach.

"I will think about all these things but I want to speak to a lot of people and gain some opinions from the wider group. Ultimately it comes down to my decision and it is an important one.

"The benefits of two coaches include workload – it allows someone to focus on one form or two white-ball forms over a period. The disadvantages, for me, are around culture and having two different voices.

"When Andy and I took the roles on we imagined two different squads developing – a white-ball and red-ball squad – but those squads are coming together now with adaptable, modern cricketers playing both forms.

"With split coaches you could run the risk of different messages at the top for the same group of players. That could be a challenge."

Giles added that his preference would be for the next coach, or coaches, to be English, but only if they fit the bill.

"I would like an English coach but we want the best person possible. It should be one of the best jobs in the world and I want someone who comes in with that sort of perspective," he added.

"It's not a prerequisite to have an English coach, but a big part of my role is also from a coach development point of view to make sure we are developing coaches for the future.

"That is something we have perhaps been weak on with one head coach of the Test team, Peter Moores, in 20 years."

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