Cipriani finally gets England call-up
NEWS: England coach Eddie Jones has announced a squad of 31 players to attend a second training camp from Sunday.
Danny Cipriani (Gloucester), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Willi Heinz (Gloucester), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) and Ollie Thorley (Gloucester) have been added to the squad – while Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins) and Marcus Smith (Harlequins) will return to their clubs next week.
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) will join George Kruis (Saracens) and Mako Vunipola (Saracens) in camp to continue their rehabilitation.
“It has been a really positive week,” Jones said of the first week of the camp.
“We have worked on our fundamentals of the game, a little bit of physical conditioning and I am really pleased with the attitude of the players.
“They have all come back from their leave in excellent condition and the best I have seen in the time I have been with England.
“Next week we will add some players and be looking to improve our physical conditioning, ability to understand how we want to play the game and start to increase the pressure at training.
“We have a couple of players going back to their clubs as we feel it is in their best interests in terms of the World Cup to do that, and we will consider their participation in the squad further down the track.”
England’s official World Cup training squad will be announced by Jones at Japan House on Thursday, July 4.
England will play Wales (August 11) and Ireland (August 24) at Twickenham Stadium, as well as Italy (September 6) in Newcastle and an away fixture against Wales (August 17) in Cardiff as part of the build-up to the World Cup.
England will travel to Treviso, Italy for a heat camp from July 22 until August 2, before returning to Italy on August 25 until September 5.
The squad will also be based in Bristol for a week in July (14 to 18) and in August (12 to 16) ahead of England’s away match against Wales.
For the two matches against Wales and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, the squad will train at Pennyhill Park.
England training squad
Forwards: Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins), Tom Dunn (Bath), Charlie Ewels (Bath), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints), Val Rapava Ruskin (Gloucester), Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors), Brad Shields (Wasps), Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors), Sam Underhill (Bath), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons).
Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Cipriani (Gloucester), Joe Cokanasiga (Bath), Elliot Daly (Wasps), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Willi Heinz (Gloucester), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath), Dan Robson (Wasps), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Ollie Thorley (Gloucester), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Anthony Watson (Bath), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).
* In for medical treatment: George Kruis (Saracens), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Mako Vunipola (Saracens).
Eddie Jones has named a 31-man squad to attend a second training camp at the Lensbury 🌹
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) June 28, 2019