Six Nations: England winger Chris Ashton ruled out of Wales match


Chris Ashton played 52 minutes of England’s win over France at Twickenham

Winger Chris Ashton has been ruled out of England’s Six Nations match against Wales on Saturday with a calf strain.

The Sale Sharks back made his first Six Nations start since 2013 in the win over France but has been left out of coach Eddie Jones’ 33-man squad.

On Tuesday, England prop Mako Vunipola was ruled out of the championship with an ankle injury while lock Maro Itoje continues his rehab with a knee issue.

England play Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, 23 February, at 16:45 GMT.

Both sides won their first two games in this year’s Six Nations with England top of the table ahead of second-placed Wales thanks to two bonus points.

Exeter Chiefs winger Jack Nowell started England’s opening win over Ireland and could return in Ashton’s place, while Bath’s Joe Cokanasiga is also in the squad.

The RFU says Ashton has a “minor calf strain