Bath alumni Tom Dunn in contention for first international cap as England Rugby finally conclude Six Nations title bid in Italy
University of Bath alumni Tom Dunn is in contention to earn a first England Rugby cap this weekend after being named on the bench for the rescheduled Six Nations match against Italy.
The Bath Rugby hooker, who represented the University’s rugby team while studying Sports Performance, has been in several international training squads in recent years and was an unused replacement for February’s Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland but has yet to appear in a full Test.
That long-awaited first cap could arrive on Saturday, though, as England finally conclude their Six Nations campaign – delayed by seven months by the Coronavirus pandemic – with a trip to Italy (kick-off 4.45pm GMT).
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England Head Coach Eddie Jones said: “Tom Dunn’s been knocking around the squad for a while now and he’s kept improving his game. He’s a good, tough hooker who compliments [starting number two] Jamie George’s ability to organise the scrum and throw accurately at the line-out.”
Dunn has been in excellent form for Bath Rugby this year and was shortlisted for the Gallagher Premiership Player of the Season award.