New England boss Steve Borthwick has received a Six Nations boost with Underhill and Ford set to return | Daily News Byte

New England boss Steve Borthwick has received a Six Nations boost with Underhill and Ford set to return

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New England head coach Steve Borthwick has received a Six Nations boost with Bath flanker Sam Underhill and Sale fly-half George Ford set to make their first appearances this season

Steve Borthwick received two quick Christmas presents just a day after being appointed England head coach with news that Sam Underhill and George Ford are set to return.

Borthwick was confirmed as Eddie Jones’ successor on Monday and now faces a race against time to get his new team ready for the Six Nations which start on February 4.

So it’s good news for him that Bath flanker Underhill and Sale fly-half Ford will return to action over the festive period after long layoffs.

New England boss Steve Borthwick has received a Six Nations boost with Underhill and Ford set to return

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Steve Borthwick received a double boost a day after being appointed as England’s head coach

Both players started for England in the 2019 World Cup final.

Still out of action this season but Underhill is set to feature for Bath against Exeter on Christmas Eve after recovering from a serious shoulder problem.

Ford, who was a central figure when Leicester won the Premiership title last season under Borthwick, tore his Achilles in the last-gasp win over Saracens and has yet to feature for new club Sale.

Sharks director of rugby Alex Sanderson expects Ford to return within a ‘couple of weeks’ while two other England internationals in Raffi Quirke and Manu Tuilagi are also close to returning.

Flanker Sam Underhill is set to feature for Bath against Exeter on Christmas Eve

Flanker Sam Underhill is set to feature for Bath against Exeter on Christmas Eve

Sanderson described that trio as ‘world class’ and added: ‘They’ll get us fired up in the New Year.’

On Underhill, Bath head of rugby Johann van Graan said: ‘He was very close. He worked hard on his shoulder. Conditioning was never an issue with him. I haven’t seen him in a Bath jersey all season but he will be in action soon. We have a lot of untapped quality for us and that’s exciting.’

Bath forwards Alfie Barbeary (hamstring) and Will Stuart (elbow) remain side-lined.

Sale have confirmed they will continue to play at their AJ Bell home but their proposed bid to buy the stadium along with Salford City has been rejected by the local council.

European rugby has confirmed that an investigation has begun into why Ulster’s Champions Cup clash with La Rochelle at the weekend was moved from the Kingspan Stadium to Dublin.

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