England’s expectant father Joe Marler given Friday deadline for Italy

• Marler must attend captain's run at 1pm Rome time to play
• England prop's partner in labour as Six Nations finale looms

England are waiting to discover if their prop Joe Marler will be available for their final Six Nations championship game against Italy.

Marler did not fly to Rome with the rest of the squad after his partner went into labour and Stuart Lancaster will hold off until Friday before deciding whether to adjust his chosen starting XV.

Marler has been told he must attend the captain's run in Rome at 1pm local time on Friday if he is to feature in Saturday's game. "Joe's partner is in labour so we're waiting to see how that plays out," Lancaster said. "We'll make a decision before the captain's run on whether he will or won't take part."

Italy v England, 12.45pm GMT Saturday 15 March

Italy L McLean (Treviso), A Esposito (Treviso), M Campagnaro (Treviso), G Garcia (Zebre), L Sarto (Zebre), L Orquera (Zebre), T Tebaldi (Ospreys), M Agüero (Zebre), L Ghiraldini (Treviso), L Cittadini (Treviso), Q Geldenhuys (Zebre), M Bortolami (Zebre), J Furno (Biarritz), R Barbieri (Treviso), S Parisse (Stade Français).

Replacements D Giazzon (Zebre), M Rizzo (Treviso), A De Marchi (Treviso), G Biagi (Zebre), P Derbyshire (Treviso), E Gori (Treviso), T Allan (Perpignan), A Masi (Wasps).

England M Brown (Harlequins); J Nowell (Exeter), L Burrell (Northampton), B Twelvetrees (Gloucester), J May (Gloucester); O Farrell (Saracens), D Care (Harlequins); J Marler (Harlequins), D Hartley (Northampton), D Wilson (Bath), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton), T Wood (Northampton), C Robshaw (Harlequins, capt), B Morgan (Gloucester). Replacements T Youngs (Leicester), M Vunipola (Saracens), H Thomas (Sale), D Attwood (Bath), T Johnson (Exeter), L Dickson (Northampton), G Ford (Bath), M Tuilagi (Leicester). © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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