May 20, 2015
Ten Saracens picked for England camp
England today announced their extended training squad for the Rugby World Cup 2015.
Ten Saracens players have been named in Stuart Lancaster’s extended training squad.
Saracens are the most represented in England’s 50 man squad, with the Allianz Park side providing a fifth of the training group that will meet up at Pennyhill Park on Monday, June 22 to begin preparing for the tournament which starts against Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on Friday, September 18.
Forward’s George Kruis, Billy Vunipola and Mako Vunipola are joined by Saracens bolter Maro Itoje in the squad. Itoje whose rise to prominence in a Saracens shirt won him the club’s Young Player of the Season is the youngest member of Lancaster’s provisional squad.
Prolific wing pair Chris Ashton and David Strettle make a welcomed return to squad after another red-hot season in which they have contributed 30 tries in Saracens colours during the 2014/15 season.
Joining them in the squad are centre Brad Barritt, fly-half Owen Farrell, full-back Alex Goode and scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth.
England will also face France home and away and Ireland at Twickenham as part of the QBE Internationals as they build towards RWC 2015.
England Head Coach Lancaster said: “We are excited to name this extended squad which allows us to look at a wide group of players who have been pushing hard for selection in training with us or playing well for their clubs this season.
“It’s great to be able to include Alex Corbisiero, Joe Launchbury, Ben Morgan, Ed Slater and David Wilson, who missed the Six Nations because of injury and are close to returning to play or have recently begun playing again.
“There are a lot of experienced internationals within the squad with the likes of Chris Ashton and David Strettle, who are in great form, returning and it’s also good to have young players like Luke Cowan-Dickie, Elliot Daly, Maro Itoje and Henry Slade in there who have come through our player development pathway and had great seasons for their clubs.
“Ben Foden, Joe Simpson and Tom Croft have not been included at this stage due to ongoing rehabilitation from injury but will hopefully come into consideration nearer the tournament."
This training squad is set to be reduced prior to the training camp in Denver and subsequently reduced again as the QBE Internationals approach, with the final 31 players for the Rugby World Cup being announced by the August 31 deadline.
England Rugby World Cup training squad
Chris Ashton (Saracens), Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Sam Burgess (Bath Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins), Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks), Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Nick Easter (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Alex Goode (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), George Kruis (Saracens), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers), David Strettle (Saracens), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Rob Webber (Bath Rugby), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), David Wilson (Bath Rugby), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers).
- May 31, Twickenham Stadium, England XV v Barbarians, 3pm
- August 15, QBE International, Twickenham Stadium, England v France, 8pm
- August 22, Stade de France, France v England, 9pm (local time)
- September 5, QBE International, Twickenham Stadium, England v Ireland, 2.30pm
- September 18, RWC 2015, Twickenham Stadium, England v Fiji, 8pm
- September 26, RWC 2015, Twickenham Stadium, England v Wales, 8pm
- October 3, RWC 2015, Twickenham Stadium, England v Australia, 8pm
- October 10, RWC 2015, Manchester City Stadium, England v Uruguay, 8pm