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Flutey pulled out of the side with a dead leg suffered in training, while Hape was withdrawn on the morning of the match after contracting a bug.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