Stuart Lancaster’s England squad have assembled at Loughborough University this week, with nine Saracens players present in the 55-man strong squad, writes Matthew Hennessey.
Of the nine, Saracens back-rower Jackson Wray has been included in Stuart Lancaster’s provisional 55-man squad for the first time and joins fellow Saracens forwards, Will Fraser, Billy Vunipola and Mako Vunipola in the squad.
Saracens backs Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Owen Farrell, Alex Goode and Richard Wigglesworth are also present at the east midland University as England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster looks ahead to the autumn internationals.
“This camp will give us a chance to get the wider squad together and an opportunity to review the New Zealand tour,” said Lancaster.
“It will be an important few days for us in terms of complementing the work that the clubs have been doing in pre-season with their strength and conditioning but also from a rugby point of view. The next time we meet will be two weeks before we play New Zealand in the QBE Internationals so this time together is vital.
“In collaboration with Premiership Rugby we have been given the flexibility to announce the England Senior and Saxons squads in October, much closer to our four international matches in November. We appreciate their support of our proposal which enables time to assess the first part of the club season and therefore select players who are in form leading into an important series for us.
“It also allows an opportunity for players not involved in the training camp this week to put down a marker in terms of their performances ahead of the squad announcement.”
A senior squad consisting of 33 players and a 32-man Saxons squad will be announced in October.