Dylan Hartley and Elliot Daly given 24 hours to prove England fitness

• Eddie Jones names 29-player provisional squad for Ireland finale
• Hartley will captain side if he can prove his fitness

Dylan Hartley and Elliot Daly have been given an extra 24 hours in their efforts to prove their fitness to face Ireland on Saturday after England named a bloated squad for their final Six Nations match.

Hartley and Daly are progressing from calf and foot injuries respectively but face a race against time as England seek to avoid three consecutive Six Nations defeats for the first time since 2006. England traditionally name a squad of 25 four days before a match – the 23-man squad and two reserves – but have taken the decision to retain 29 players for Wednesday’s training session. Hartley and Daly will be further assessed before Eddie Jones cuts his squad again on Wednesday night.

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