England names 55-man summer training squad


Stuart Lancaster has announced a 55-man extended training squad that will assemble at Loughborough for a summer training camp this week.

The group will undergo strength and conditioning assessment as well as skills training, before departing again on Wednesday.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “This camp will give us a chance to get the wider squad together and an opportunity to review the New Zealand tour.

“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.

England training squad

Loose-head props
Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Matt Mullan (Wasps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

Tight-head props
Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons)
Henry Thomas (Bath Rugby)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)

Back rows
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)
Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)
Will Fraser (Saracens)
James Haskell (Wasps)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Jackson Wray (Saracens)

Scrum halves
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Fly halves
Freddie Burns (Leicester Tigers)
Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Bath Rugby)
Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)

Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)

Back threes
Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors)
Marland Yarde (Harlequins)
Christian Wade (Wasps)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

The following players will not join the training squad this week due to injury:
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Sam Dickinson (Northampton Saints)
Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby)

7 thoughts on “England names 55-man summer training squad

  1. Really surprised that Elliott Daly has been overlooked. Such a talent but SL clearly is not keen. Also think that 6 FHs is a bit many for a squad of this size, although I can see why each was included.

    Also, other one I found strange is Chris Pennell. Is SL really going to consider him if he plays in the Championship all year? Surely not?

    1. Yep Daly. I’m sounding like a broken record but seriously don’t know what he has to do to get a shot. Was one of the better players in the Saxons games, has been tearing it up in an under performing Wasps side and is that rare breed for an english back- an all round footballer, similar in style to a Ben Smith (though definitely not that good yet). Though I always thought he was better at outside centre so maybe that is what is counting against him…

      And I am happy for Pennell. Such a quality player and admirable loyalty to stay with Worcester, just hope a lower standard of rugby doesn’t impact his own game.

      Also surprised Wallace isn’t included? Has been dropped for Clark (not a fan), Fraser and Wray. The latter two are great talents to be sure, but Fraser certainly hasn’t had much game time and hasn’t been as impressive since his injury last year.

      Good to see Devoto was going to be included barring injury however. Another exciting all-round back.

      1. I completely agree with you on Daly (although I am a biased Wasps fan). Real talent, surely he is a better option that Trinder at 13? Or even the more likely Barritt if Tuilagi was to get injured. Just can not see why we wouldn’t involve him in these squads. By any means he wouldn’t be displacing anyone in the starting 15, but I would be seriously be thinking about him for the 23 shirt if I was SL, He clearly does not agree.

        To be honest, I think I’m in the minority that does not see the fuss with Wallace. I think he is very good. But I definitely prefer Fraser as a 7. Robshaw and Kvesic are both obviously ahead of him too. Even Wood moving to 7 is more likely that seeing him get a game. We all know SL is a huge Clark fan, so that does not come as a surprise.

        Whilst I think Pennell is a good player, surely him playing Championship rugby rules him out of playing for England next season? Particularly with Brown/Foden/Goode/May/Nowell all in the squad and cover 15.

    2. I wouldn’t read to much into this squad to be honest. Lancaster isn’t going to name the EPS till October so I think most of these have been picked to be debriefed over the New Zealand tour.

      I think the others that have been picked are there because they’ve been injuried and he wants to see how they are fairing. I would think that there are some missing from this list that would still be included in the Saxons.

      I have disagree with you on Pennell. Is in the form of his life and included purely on merit. Ok I’m a bais Worcester fan, but he has been outstanding for us for the last few seasons. Also I feel the Championship will be the strongest it has ever been this year (not premiership standard obivously) so if Pennell can keep up his standards I see no reason for him not to be picked.

      1. You’re probably right to an extent on the debriefing from the NZ tour, but he is still taking the opportunity to look at players like Wray and Fraser – so I’m surprised he isn’t looking at Daly.

        On Pennell, I have to disagree. Yes the Championship is getting stronger every year, but we see excellent Premiership players fail to make the step up to Test level. I really can not see how a player can play week in week out at Championship level and then play in a Test match. The gap in standards there is just too much.

  2. I think Lancaster hasn’t picked Daly due to a lack of a proper position. If he’s a 15 then he is well behind the 4 in the squad plus Watson and Nowell. If he’s a 13 then his defence has not been good enough which will be Lancaster’s main worry. A worrying similarity to a young Mathew Tait, although he did win nearly 40 caps.

    I will stick my neck out and say that the 33 for the Autumn after the first few rounds of the season will be:

    Corbisiero, Marler, Vunipola, Wilson, Brookes
    Hartley, Youngs
    Lawes, Launchbury, Parling, Attwood
    Wood, Croft, Robshaw, Kvesic/Haskell, Morgan, Vunipola
    Care, Youngs, Dickson
    Farrell, Ford
    Barritt, Burrell, Tuilagi, Twelvetrees, Devoto (backing him to have a storming season)
    Ashton, Wade, Yarde
    Brown, Foden, Goode/Watson

  3. This is a positive change. I’m not too concerned over ins or outs but additional access to a large squad in the summer and deferring the EPS announcement until after we see who is in form is a big improvement.

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