England are continuing to monitor the fitness of Brad Shields as they step up preparations for their Guinness Six Nations opener against Ireland in Dublin.

Shields has been unable to train with team-mates at the pre-tournament camp in Portugal as he continues to rehabilitate a side strain that prevented him from playing for Wasps last weekend.

"Brad is continuing his recovery, doing some good running sessions and is increasing that day on day," forwards coach Steve Borthwick said.

"He's got another session this afternoon. He hasn't been in team training yet but we're aiming for him to be in full training next week."