Wasps' former Diss Rugby Club player Tom West drafted into Eddie Jones' England Six Nations squad
Members of Diss Rugby Club will have an extra reason to immerse themselves in England's Six Nations captain with one of their own now part of Eddie Jones' championship defending squad.
Withdrawals from the 28-man tournament squad for next month's Six Nations has seen former Diss Rugby Club youth player Tom West receive his first senior call-up.
The Wasps loosehead prop, who was part of the World U20 Rugby Championships winning team in 2017, takes Joe Marler's place after the Harlequins player pulled out for personal reasons.
Bath's second row Charlie Ewels, who has 17 caps, has also now been moved into the tournament squad from a 12-player shadow squad, after Joe Launchbury's withdrawal with a fibula stress fracture.
The pair will join up with the other 26 players for the start of the training camp tomorrow at the National Football Centre at St George's Park in Burton-upon-Trent.
They will then move to their base, The Lensbury in Teddington, ahead of their first game against Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, February 6 (4.45pm.)
West, 24, was playing on the local circuit with Diss from their Minis section right up to the age of 15.
His father Duncan was a former first-team captain at Mackenders and a recent president of the club.
Diss chairman Andy Jermy said: "The club are very proud of having provided him with such a good start to his playing career but he has certainly gone on to excel in the Premiership and for England.
"We will be letting all our members, Minis and Youth players know to look out for Tom in the upcoming Six Nations and hoping that he makes gets plenty of game time.
"In a season with very little good news due to Covid, at last Diss Rugby Club has something to look forward to and we send Tom our very best wishes."
After making his Premiership debut for Wasps against Saracens at the Ricoh Arena in January, 2018, West told the Diss Express: “Diss is the first place I ever picked up a ball and played a game of rugby.
“I still get down there as much as I can. I feel like it is my club and I care deeply about it.
“The people behind the scenes run the club amazingly well. It is sustainable and has an excellent youth structure.
“Regardless of how the first team are doing, you can guarantee there will be more people down there watching than there are at teams playing three leagues higher.
“It is one of the most special clubs in the area and I owe it a lot.”
Meanwhile, West's former England Under-20 team-mates Paolo Odogwu and Harry Randall have also received their first call-ups to the senior team.
Owen Farrell will captain England for the tournament and there is a return from injury for Courtney Lawes.
Elsewhere, Elliot Daly and Anthony Watson could reach their 50-cap milestones during the championship and Beno Obano may be in line to get his first cap.
Jones said: “This has been a really tough squad to pick and I know there are a lot of disappointed players who haven’t been selected. We’re really excited by the players we have got, it’s a very vibrant squad and are looking forward to getting started next week.
“We’re very grateful to the Premiership Rugby, the clubs and RPA for allowing us to have 28 players throughout the tournament, we’re very happy with the number and it’s testament to the growing relationships between all parties.
“Ultimately our goal is to win the Six Nations and to do that we’ll need to work hard and prepare well each day and take it as it comes.”
Following their opening match, the Calcutta Cup, England will then host Italy on Saturday, February 13 (2.15pm) before playing Wales away on Saturday, February 27 (4.45pm).
Jones’ side will return to Twickenham to face France on Saturday, March 13 (4.45pm) before travelling to Dublin for their final game, against Ireland, on Saturday, March 20 (4.45pm).
England’s home matches, along with Ireland versus England, are live on ITV. Wales versus England is live on the BBC.
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 47 caps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 88 caps)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 72 caps)
Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors, 3 caps)
Max Malins (Bristol Bears, 3 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 61 caps)
Paolo Odogwu (Wasps, uncapped)
Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, uncapped)
Dan Robson (Wasps, 7 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 34 caps)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 46 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 104 caps)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 26 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 28 caps)
Ben Earl (Bristol Bears, 8 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 23 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 54 caps)
Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 3 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 43 caps)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 69 caps) replaced by Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 17 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 85 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 72 caps) replaced by Tom West (Wasps, uncapped)
Beno Obano (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 8 caps)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 22 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 56 caps)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 18 caps)
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 19 caps)
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