Former Thomas Hardye pupil Orlando Bailey has been called up to the England rugby squad for the first time ahead of the Six Nations.

The Bath fly-half began his career at the age of six at Dorchester Rugby Club.

At 14-years-old Bailey joined Bath’s academy and is considered one of the side’s biggest prospects having starred for the side despite their poor form in the Gallagher Premiership this season.

The 20-year-old is included in the 36-man squad that will meet in Brighton next week for a five-day training camp ahead of the Guinness Six Nations.

It is Eddie Jones’s first England squad of the year as Owen Farrell returns as captain although there are some noticeable absentees in George Ford, Elliot Daly, Sam Underhill, Mako, and Billy Vunipola

Head coach Jones said selecting the squad had ‘been a difficult task’ with ‘plenty of good young players coming through’ while more experienced players ‘are rediscovering their best form'.

Jones added: “We think this 36 for the first training week reflects a good balance of that experience and up-and-coming talent.

“The Six Nations is going to be the most competitive we’ve ever seen. All the countries performed well in the autumn, so we need to be at our best and improve with every game.”

The fly-half has previously credited former club coach Mike Sprules, Geraint Hughes his school coach, and Ryan Davis at Bath for giving him a good understanding of the game.

England are set to start their campaign against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 5.