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Borthwick misses training


Steve Borthwick

Steve Borthwick

Steve Borthwick

England captain Steve Borthwick missed training on Tuesday due to illness but is not expected to be in doubt for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy in Rome.

Centres Riki Flutey and Shontayne Hape are both in contention for selection after missing England's 30-17 victory over Wales at the weekend.

Flutey pulled out of the side with a dead leg suffered in training, while Hape was withdrawn on the morning of the match after contracting a bug.

England manager Martin Johnson will announce his team to face the Azzurri at noon on Wednesday.

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