Back's omission means that Richard Hill could now move from blindside in a new look back-row. Also dropped from England's World Cup squad were Saracensscrum-half Kyran Bracken, Back's club team-mate andutility forward Martin Corry and experienced Leicester prop Graham Rowntree.
Woodward said: "It's always hard to leave out suchestablished international players as Back, Bracken, Corry and Rowntree but asalways I am looking at current form and will continue to do so throughout the SixNations and beyond."
In all nine players were not considered because of injury,including fly-half Jonny Wilkinson, experienced Bath centres Mike Catt and MikeTindall.
Woodward, whose team will be led by new captain Lawrence Dallaglio will reduce the 28-man squad to a matchday 22 today (Monday).
He has also invited eight of England's rising stars to train withthe senior squad including Leeds flyers Phil Christophers and DanScarborough.
England Squad for game v Italy, Rome, Sunday. Backs: Iain Balshaw (Bath), Ollie Barkley (Bath), Ben Cohen(Northampton), Matt Dawson (Northampton), Andy Gomarsall (Gloucester), Paul Grayson(Northampton), Will Greenwood (Harlequins), Alex King (Wasps), Josh Lewsey (Wasps),Henry Paul (Gloucester), Jason Robinson (Sale), James Simpson-Daniel(Gloucester), Ollie Smith (Leicester) Forwards: Steve Borthwick (Bath), Lawrence Dallaglio Wasps, capt, DannyGrewcock (Bath), Richard Hill (Saracens), Chris Jones (Sale), Ben Kay(Leicester), Jason Leonard (Harlequins), Mark Regan (Leeds), Simon Shaw (Wasps),Matt Stevens (Bath), Steve Thompson (Northampton), Phil Vickery(Gloucester), Dorian West (Leicester), Trevor Woodman (Gloucester), Joe Worsley(Wasps).Young players to train with senior squad: Phil Christophers (Leeds), Harry Ellis (Leicester), David Flatman(Bath), Andy Hazell (Gloucester), James Forrester (Gloucester), Tom Palmer(Leeds), Dan Scarbrough (Leeds), Andy Titterrell (Sale)
Ireland squad for the game v France, Paris, February 14th). Forwards: Shane Byrne (Leinster - Blackrock College), Reggie Corrigan(Leinster - Greystones), Victor Costello (Leinster - St. Mary'sCollege),Simon Easterby (Llanelli), Anthony Foley (Munster - Shannon), KeithGleeson(Leinster - St. Mary's College), John Hayes (Munster - Shannon),MarcusHoran (Munster - Shannon), Donncha O'Callaghan (Munster - CorkConstitution), Paul O'Connell (Munster - Young Munster), MalcolmO'Kelly(Leinster - St. Mary's College), Frank Sheahan (Munster - CorkConstitution).Backs: Gordon Darcy (Leinster - Lansdowne), Girvan Dempsey (Leinster -Terenure College), Guy Easterby (Rotherham), Shane Horgan (Leinster -Lansdowne), Tyrone Howe (Ulster - Dungannon), David Humphreys (Ulster-Dungannon), Kevin Maggs (Bath), Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster - BlackrockCollege) capt, Ronan O'Gara (Munster - Cork Constitution), PeterStringer(Munster - Shannon).
France Six Nations squad to play Ireland: Forwards: Pieter De Villiers (Stade Francais), Yannick Bru (Toulouse),Sylvain Marconnet (Stade Francais), Jean-Jacques Crenca (Agen), WilliamServat (Toulouse), Fabien Pelous (Toulouse) capt, David Auradou (StadeFrancais), Pascal Pape (Bourgoin), Olivier Magne (Montferrand), ImanolHarinordoquy
Scotland squad for the game v Wales, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on February 14th:
Backs: Mike Blair (Edinburgh), Chris Cusiter (Borders), Simon Danielli(Bath/ENG), Andrew Henderson (Glasgow), Ben Hinshelwood (Worcester/ENG), BrendanLaney (Edinburgh), Derrick Lee (Edinburgh), Gareth Morton (Borders), DanParks (Glasgow), Chris Paterson (Edinburgh)capt, Tom Philip (Edinburgh),Nikki Walker (Borders), Simon Webster (Edinburgh) Forwards: Gordon Bulloch (Glasgow), Simon Cross (Edinburgh), Bruce Douglas(Borders), Stuart Grimes (Newcastle), Nathan Hines (Edinburgh), Allister Hogg (Edinburgh), Gavin Kerr (Leeds/ENG), Cameron Mather (Glasgow), ScottMurray (Edinburgh), Rob Russell (Saracens/ENG), Tom Smith (Northampton/ENG),Simon Taylor (Edinburgh), Jason White (Sale)
Wales Squad. Backs: Garan Evans (Llanelli Scarlets), Rhys Williams (Cardiff Blues),Shane Williams (Neath-Swansea Ospreys), Craig Morgan (Cardiff Blues),Gareth Thomas (Celtic Warriors), Hal Luscombe (Gwent Dragons), Jamie Robinson(Blues), Mark Taylor (Scarlets), Tom Shanklin (Blues), Sonny Parker (Warriors),Iestyn Harris (Blues), Ceri Sweeney (Warriors), Stephen Jones (Scarlets),Dwayne Peel (Scarlets), Gareth Cooper (Warriors)
Forwards: Iestyn Thomas (Scarlets), Duncan Jones (Ospreys), Adam Jones(Ospreys), G Jenkins (Warriors), Robin McBryde (Scarlets), Gareth Williams(Blues), Mefin Davies (Warriors), Robert Sidoli (Warriors), Brent Cockbain(Warriors), Gareth Llewellyn (Ospreys), Michael Owen (Dragons), Colin Charvis (Tarbes,FRA,) capt, Dafydd Jones (Scarlets), Jonathan Thomas (Ospreys), MartynWilliams (Blues), Alix Popham (Leeds)
Italian Squad for the game v England. Forwards: Martin Castrogiovanni (Calvisano), Andrea Lo Cicero (Lazio andPrimavera), Salvatore Perugini (Calvisano), Carlo Festuccia (Gran Parma), FabioOngaro (Treviso), Cristian Bezzi (Viadana), Marco Bortolami (Padova), Carlo Checcinato (Treviso), Santiago Dellape (Treviso), Andrea De Rossi(Calvisano, capt), Silvio Orlando (Treviso), Sergio Parisse (Treviso), AaronPersico (Leeds/ENG) Scott Palmer (Treviso) Backs: Paul Griffen (Calvisano), Simon Picone (Treviso), Roland DeMarigny (Overmach Parma), Rima Wakarua (Leonessa Brescia), Matteo Barbini(Padova), Manuel Dallan, (Treviso), Cristian Stoica (Montpellier/FRA), DenisDallan (Treviso), Nicola Mazzucato (Calvisano), Mirco Bergamasco (Stade Francais/FRA), Andrea Masi (Viadana).