England headcoach Eddie Jones has told players that have missed out on his Rugby World Cup training squad that the ‘door is never closed’.
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“I saw Joe during the Barbarians’ week and he indicated that he had a desire to come back,” said head coach Eddie Jones, of Marler.
“We have since had a couple of chats and we have given him the opportunity to do that. Now it is up to him to show us what he has got.
“We can’t wait to have the full squad in place and to have players competing for those (final World Cup) 31 places.
“It is a process of building the team up, building the cohesion, the tactical understanding of the team and our adaptability. We will need to get those things right to win the World Cup, and that is our aim.”
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England must submit their final 31-man World Cup squad on September 2, before kicking off their tournament against Tonga in Sapporo on September 22.
Head coach Jones took the already-assembled training squad on a surprise lifeguard course in Newquay this week.
England now have their full contingent assembled however, and will ramp up their preparations.
Gloucester fly-half Cipriani won the Premiership player of the year and players’ player of the year awards in a sterling first campaign with the Cherry and Whites.
Now the 31-year-old has the chance to push for a final World Cup place.
“World Cup selection is a four-year process; we have looked at the squad carefully, tried to build up a squad that has enough experience, attitude and energy to be winners and I think we have that,” said Jones.
“In the process, we have left out some players who can feel unlucky.
“For those guys who have missed out, the door is never closed but they have just got to be ready, as you never know when the opportunity comes.”
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