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Eddie Jones finally gives Danny Cipriani an England look-in

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Eddie Jones has finally decided to give Danny Cipriani a chance to stake his England credentials (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England coach Eddie Jones has announced a squad of 31 players to attend England’s second training camp at The Lensbury Hotel (June 30-July 4).

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Danny Cipriani (Gloucester), Piers Francis (Northampton), Willi Heinz (Gloucester), Courtney Lawes (Northampton) 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) will join George Kruis (Saracens) and Mako Vunipola (Saracens) in camp to continue their rehabilitation.

Jones only included Cipriani, 31, in two squads since he took charge in 2016, and the playmaker has won just two caps – both against South Africa last June. However, the Gloucester fly-half now gets another look-in after being named Premiership and Rugby Players’ Association player of the year last season following his move from Wasps.

Jones said: “It has been a really positive week. We have worked on our fundamentals of the game, a little bit of physical conditioning and I’m 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, the 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.”

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England’s official Rugby 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 and Italy (September 6) in Newcastle as part of the Quilter Internationals as well as an away fixture against Wales (August 17) in Cardiff.

England will travel to Treviso for a heat camp from July 22 until August 2 before returning to Italy on August 28 until September 5.

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The squad will also be based in Bristol for a week in July (14-18) and in August (12-16) 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), Tom Curry (Sale), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins), Tom Dunn (Bath), Charlie Ewels (Bath), Ellis Genge (Leicester), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton), Val Rapava Ruskin (Gloucester), Nick Schonert (Worcester), Brad Shields (Wasps), Jack Singleton (Worcester), Sam Underhill (Bath), Mark Wilson (Newcastle).

Backs – Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Cipriani (Gloucester), Joe Cokanasiga (Bath), Elliot Daly (Wasps), George Ford (Leicester), Piers Francis (Northampton), Willi Heinz (Gloucester), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Jonny May (Leicester), Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath), Dan Robson (Wasps), Ben Te’o (Worcester), Ollie Thorley (Gloucester), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester), Anthony Watson (Bath), Ben Youngs (Leicester).

*In for medical treatment – George Kruis (Saracens), Jack Nowell (Exeter), Mako Vunipola (Saracens).

WATCH: Part one of the two-part RugbyPass documentary on what fans can expect in Japan at this year’s World Cup

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