• Fit-again pair likely to be in Sarries squad to face Wasps next weekend
• They will be joined by Nathan Earle at England’s two-day training camp
Eddie Jones has received a boost before the Six Nations, with the news that Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje are set to return to the Saracens squad to face Wasps next weekend.
Mark McCall, Saracens’ director of rugby, confirmed the news after his side’s 46-31 win over Worcester on Saturday, which lifted the European champions to second place in the Premiership. Vunipola had surgery on the right knee injury sustained against Sale in September after pulling out of last summer’s Lions squad with a shoulder problem. He has travelled to England’s two-day training squad session in Brighton over the new year, where he will be joined by Itoje, who is recovering from a broken jaw, and the uncapped England Under-20s wing Nathan Earle, who scored two late tries for Saracens against Worcester.