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Eddie Jones receives double injury boost ahead of Six Nations opener

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Saracens and England have received a major double boost with Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje returning from injury on Sunday.

Powerful number eight Vunipola has been sidelined since September because of a knee injury, raising concerns that he might not be fit for the start of this season’s NatWest Six Nations.

Lock Itoje, meanwhile, broke his jaw a month ago, but Saracens have announced both players in their starting line-up for the Ricoh Arena appointment with Wasps.

It also means they are available for Saracens’ final two European Champions Cup pool fixtures against Ospreys and Northampton, with the holders realistically needing victory in both matches to keep alive quarter-final ambitions.

Vunipola missed the British and Irish Lions’ New Zealand tour last summer because of a shoulder problem, but his latest comeback begins a month before England’s Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome.

England are looking to win yet another Six Nations trophy, after storming to the title in 2017.

Eddie Jones' men lost just once during last year's competition, and that game against Ireland in the final game.

They had already seen off France, Scotland, Wales, and Italy, meaning they were crowned champions before taking on the Irish.

Jones has had his players in a training camp in Brighton for a couple of days ahead of the Six Nations, and although injuries have caused a few issues, England are still looking in great shape ahead of the tournament.

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With both Vunipola and Itoje returning, Jones will be satisfied he has a team strong enough to win yet another title.

England travel to Italy, Scotland, and France this time around, whilst hosting Wales and Ireland.

Unsurprisingly, England have won the Six Nations the most out of any other nation, claiming the title 38 times.

They've won it outright 28 times, and shared the title the remaining 10 times.

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