AN ex-Lymm High School rugby player has a shot at playing in the Guinness Six Nations after being named in Steve Borthwick's first England squad.

Northampton Saints scrum-half Alex Mitchell, who progressed through the junior ranks to the senior team at Lymm Rugby Club, is one of 36 players called up for the training camp at England Rugby Performance Centre, Pennyhill Park, for five days.

England’s opening game is the historic Calcutta Cup fixture against Scotland on Saturday 4 February (4.45pm KO).

Mitchell, 25, currently has one senior cap to his name, which came under previous head coach Eddie Jones.

He was a try scorer on his debut in England's Autumn International demolition of Tonga 69-3 at Twickenham in November, 2021.

Mitchell also gained senior representative honours as an uncapped international against the Barbarians in 2020 and impressed by setting up two tries.

His first taste of the Twickenham turf came in a Lymm jersey as part of the club's victorious National Under 12s Cup side while with Lymm High School, he was part of the under 18s team that reached the NatWest Cup quarter finals on two occasions.

Mitchell has earned England caps at every age group from under 16s

Borthwick said: "This is an exciting squad, with a blend of Six Nations experience and young talent, and includes players who are in excellent form in the Premiership.

“We are all looking forward to the challenges of the Six Nations and we will approach this great tournament with a spirit of courage and total commitment.

“I know the players can't wait to get back to Twickenham and give our fans a performance they can be proud of.

“The hard work for the Scotland game starts now."

Following the Scotland clash, England will host Italy on Sunday 12 February (3pm KO). They will then travel to Cardiff to take on Wales on Saturday 25 February (4.45pm KO).

England are then back at Twickenham to face France on Saturday 11 March (4.45pm KO). The final game is in Dublin against Ireland on Saturday 18 March (5pm KO).

All matches are live on ITV, except for Wales v England which is on the BBC.

FULL ENGLAND SQUAD:

FORWARDS: Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps) Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 95 caps) Ben Curry (Sale Sharks,1 cap) Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 9 caps) Ben Earl (Saracens, 13 caps) Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 43 caps) Jamie George (Saracens, 72 caps) Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 7 caps) Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 19 caps) Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, 8 caps) Maro Itoje (Saracens, 62 caps) Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 96 caps) Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 14 caps) George McGuigan (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped) Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps) Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 18 caps) Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 56 caps) Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 74 caps) Jack Walker (Harlequins, uncapped) Jack Willis (Toulouse, 6 caps)

BACKS: Elliot Daly (Saracens, 57 caps) Owen Farrell (Saracens, 101 caps) Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 3 caps) Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, uncapped) Dan Kelly (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap) Max Malins (Saracens, 14 caps) Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 13 caps) Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 1 cap) Cadan Murley (Harlequins, uncapped) Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 52 caps) Fin Smith (Northampton Saints, uncapped) Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 17 caps) Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 17 caps) Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 50 caps) Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 7 caps) Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 121 caps) ENDS Catherine Stewart Senior Communications Manager Rugby Football Union +44 (0)7729 106531 catherinestewart@rfu.com @EnglandRugby To unsubscribe from RFU communications, please click here.