England boss Eddie Jones has confirmed the 26-man training squad that has convened for a second three-day camp at the Lensbury from Thursday until Saturday, October 17.
It includes a dozen uncapped players. In addition, seven players are in England camp with Jones for reconditioning. The squad doesn’t include anyone from either Exeter or Wasps who are in the Gallagher Premiership final on October 24. Exeter are also involved in this weekend’s Champions Cup final.
Called into the forwards are Tom Curry, Tom Dunn, Ted Hill and Beno Obano in place of Jack Clement, Lewis Ludlow, Alex Moon, Jack Singleton and Mako Vunipola, the prop who is listed as ‘reconditioning’. In the backs, the changes from the opening camp are call-ups for Tom de Glanville and Ollie Lawrence with Nathan Earle, Piers Francis and George Furbank missing out.
Bath scrum-half Ben Spencer would be one of the most notable names missing from the list of call-ups, while club-mates Ruaridh McConnochie and Joe Cokanasiga are also marked absent.
Jones, who had named a 28-man squad for last week’s camp that became 27 after Francis tested positive for Covid-19, said: “We had a good three-day camp last week working on the basics and developing our cohesion as a group. This week the focus is to raise the standard as we continue our preparation for the Italy game.”
Eddie Jones has named 2??6?? players to take part in a three day training camp ?
An additional 7?? players will be in camp for reconditioning ?
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) October 15, 2020
England have six upcoming fixtures this autumn, starting with the uncapped Quilter Cup game against the Barbarians on October 25. Following a trip to Rome to face Italy on October 31 in the final round of the delayed 2020 Guinness Six Nations, England will then play four matches as part of the Autumn Nations Cup.
They include internationals at Twickenham against Georgia on November 14 and Ireland on November 21, an away match against Wales on November 28 before returning to Twickenham for a play-off match on December 6.
ENGLAND SQUAD (October 15-17)
Tom Curry, Sale Sharks
Alex Dombrandt, Harlequins*
Tom Dunn, Bath Rugby*
Ellis Genge, Leicester Tigers
Jamie George, Saracens
Joe Heyes, Leicester Tigers*
Ted Hill, Worcester Warriors
Maro Itoje, Saracens
Simon Kerrod, Harlequins*
Beno Obano, Bath Rugby*
David Ribbans, Northampton Saints*
Billy Vunipola, Saracens
Mark Wilson, Newcastle Falcons
Ali Crossdale, Saracens*
Elliot Daly, Saracens
Tom de Glanville, Bath Rugby*
Fraser Dingwall, Northampton Saints*
Owen Farrell, Saracens
George Ford, Leicester Tigers
Willi Heinz, Gloucester Rugby
Ollie Lawrence, Worcester Warriors*
Joe Marchant, Harlequins
Jonny May, Gloucester Rugby
Alex Mitchell, Northampton Saints*
Ollie Thorley, Gloucester Rugby*
Ben Youngs, Leicester Tigers
Charlie Ewels, Bath Rugby
Jonathan Joseph, Bath Rugby
Joe Marler, Harlequins
Will Stuart, Bath Rugby
Sam Underhill, Bath Rugby
Mako Vunipola, Saracens
Anthony Watson, Bath Rugby
"Maro was ready to go. Good as gold, playing well in European, Premiership rugby, doing what he does now, and Eddie was saying, 'He's not ready yet'"
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) October 14, 2020
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