England Rugby Training Squad for Summer Camp

Manu Tuilagi

England Head Coach Eddie Jones has announced his training squad to take part in a pre-season camp at the Lensbury Hotel later this week.

37 players will attend the three-day camp in Teddington, which begins on Saturday 5 August. Dan Cole, Owen Farrell, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, Jack Nowell, Kyle Sinckler as well as Anthony Watson will spend one day in camp while the other British & Irish Lions players have opted to remain on their summer break.

Nine players who made their debuts on England’s successful tour of Argentina in June are called up, including Tom Curry, Piers Francis, Nick Isiekwe, Alex Lozowski, Jack Maunder, Denny Solomona, Sam Underhill, Harry Williams and Mark Wilson.

Manu Tuilagi will join up with the England squad having last played for his country during the 2016 RBS 6 Nations. 18 year-old Marcus Smith (Harlequins) has also been called up having been involved in some sessions at England’s training camp in Brighton at the end of last season, as well as playing in England U20s 2017 Six Nations Grand Slam winning squad. Hooker Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby) is also named in the training squad.

The camp will involve medical checkups, functional and rugby training, planning meetings and individual reviews as England begin their preparations for the upcoming Old Mutual Wealth Series.

The seven players involved with the Lions tour who have opted to attend the camp will not train and will only take part in medical check-ups, as well as coach and strength & conditioning reviews.

The home Old Mutual Wealth Series played in November will involve three Tests against Argentina, who England beat 2-0 in June; Australia, who have lost on the previous four occasions to England; and Samoa who last played England in 2014.

Eddie Jones said: “We are at an incredibly important stage with two years to go to the Rugby World Cup in Japan and there is still a big step to make if we want to be the number one team in the world. We are going to have to be meticulous in a preparation in everything we do as we build towards Tokyo and that is why this camp is vital ahead of this season.

“The players, coaches and staff will use these three days to reconnect and ensure we are all clear on what our priorities and expectations are ahead of the Premiership season as well as the upcoming Old Mutual Wealth Series.”

Following two camps in August and September (Oxford), a final England squad will be announced on the 26 October to play in the Old Mutual Wealth Series. England will travel to Portugal for a week’s training camp at the end of October before final preparations begin at Pennyhill Park ahead of the first Test versus Argentina (11 November).

England training squad for Lensbury camp:

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) – Monday only*
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)
Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)- Saturday only*
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Nathan Hughes (Wasps)
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens)
Maro Itoje (Saracens) – Saturday only*
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins) – Saturday only*
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Nathan Earle (Saracens)
Owen Farrell (Saracens) – Saturday only*
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Piers Francis (Northampton Saints)
Alex Lozowski (Saracens)
Harry Mallinder (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
Jack Maunder (Exeter Chiefs)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) – Monday only*
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby) – Monday only*
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

England training camps:

Sunday 24- Tuesday 26 September: training camp, Oxford
Sunday 29 October- Friday 3 November: training camp, Portugal

Old Mutual Wealth Series
Saturday 11 November: England v Argentina
Saturday 18 November: England v Australia
Saturday 25 November: England v Samoa

38 thoughts on “England Rugby Training Squad for Summer Camp

  1. I think the big question is can Manu stay fit long enough to play in the autumn series? Second question is can he get back in the 23 ahead of Joseph, T’eo or Slade?

    1. Dazza
      Or be a good boy long enough to get into the next squad maybe? Or T’eo, for that matter. Ah well, they will keep picking those PI’s.

    1. That would certainly bring a heck of a lot of power Jacob but perhaps at the cost of some creativity. Ford found his best form in Argentina and Farrell stood up yet again at inside centre for the Lions so I would keep this axis intact for England. Question then is who do you play at outside centre. Speed and agility of Joseph / Daly or raw power of Teo / Tuilagi. Not. Bad problem to have!

      1. Paulo
        Ford finds ‘his best form ‘ when he’s in a winning team. Which is ok(ish?), if England keep winning.

    2. Jacob
      So you’d drop Farrell then? Or Ford? Don’t nec disagree, but do you see EJ doing this?

      1. Think we all know other Jacob must have meant moving Farrell into 10. There is no way he gets dropped. He was first choice 10 for the Lions and outside of Barrett there isn’t another 10 in world rugby that gets close to him.

        1. Jacob
          Really? Did you watch the Lions series. He, according to yr commentators & my eyes, missed tackles, kicked out on the full, got charged by trying to kick through the AB fwds, missed shots @ goal etc. Do you form yr opinion based on the last test then? Aristotle must be spinning in his grave!

  2. Very surprised to see Will Collier omitted. Is he injured?
    Manu would be a more than welcome addition if he is genuinely fit but he’s been away for a hell of a long time and has some catching up to do. Obviously EJ wil make his decision based on what he sees in camp. echoing Geraint, he would make a hell of a finisher!

  3. I actually wonder if Eddie will be tempted to have him on the wing? I still think Daly would be better either at 15 or 13? We need to find a different option at 15 as Brown is not getting any younger. Watson did a good job covering there for the lions, but for me Daly is a more natural full back.
    Tuilagi, Ford, Farrell, Joseph, Watson, Daly with Nowell and T’eo on the bench?

    1. Breaking news: Solomona and Tuilagi sent home over “team culture issues”. That lasted long.

      On the bright side, at least its not an injury.

  4. Just read that story, wonder what actually happened? Really silly by both as they had a real shot at making the Autumn Internationals and cementing a place, wonder what EJ will do now as seemed like he really wanted these 2 – i know what SL would have done but is that cutting off the nose to spite the face?!

    1. Is it though Stu? They knew the rules and if they chose to ignore them they must face the consequences. We are in a very blessed position at the moment of not being dependant on any one player in any position. Having these 2 is a luxury and we can easily get by without them.

      Personally I hate that Solomona is even playing for England. anyone that has been capped for another country shouldn’t be able to them represent someone else. We have so much young home grown talent coming through we should be cultivating that not bringing in foreigners. Rant over

  5. Wow, he didn’t even wait to get injured, and personally I never really agreed with Solomona being included in the first place.
    No real loss is it. T’eo has proved he can cut it at the top level and we have plenty of wingers that are as good as Solomona (and probably better in defence). Yarde, Roko, Nowell, May, Short, Wade, Bassett. Not exactly short of wingers!

    1. I hope you missed out Watson and Daly because of their potential at full-back? ;)

      Not sure on Solomona but part of me still wants Tui to get fit and play a prolonged period for England. At the top level, when firing properly, I would argue he is one of the best, most destructive, centres in world rugby and is at times unstoppable. But it seems like he’s happy being paid a shedload at Leicester for not much game time whilst also acting like a complete burk.

      1. That was exactly the reason I left them out. I see Daly as a centre or fullback although he’s proved himself a class winger as well. I think Watson is a given even if Solomona is in the squad.
        I just think there are so many other players who could be better than these two.
        Yes Manu almost a one-off, but if he can’t stay fit or keep his discipline off the pitch then I say forget about him. He’s been injured for so long, finally gets a chance with Eddie and then does this. I wouldn’t waste my time on him personally. I would rather see someone like Marchant or Tomkins given a chance in his place.
        Solomona is a good finisher, but we know it takes more than that at the top level.

  6. My view is that this is no great loss
    On current form I wouldn’t select Tui anyway as i think we have better options who are more hungry for it. Great player in the past but with injuries and off field issues he is far from his best. He needs to decide if playing for England is his number 1 priority and he needs to make the decision soon or end up being the next Cipriani.
    Putting aside the way Solomona is England qualified his defence is just not good enough to play for England, if you want a maverick attacker with defensive frailties I would rather see Wade involved

    1. Find that interesting – surely Tuilagi doesn’t have any current form to go off? I’m sure if he stayed fit for a couple games he would quickly find form.

      For me, he is a one off an can not be replaced in England. Clearly he needs to get fit properly, but once he does I’d have him straight in at 12 with Farrell shifting into 10.

      Youngs, Nowell, Farrell, Tuilagi, Jospeh, Watson, Daly – would be a very well balanced backline.

      Daly has the hands to step into midfield and make sure the ball can get nice and wide. Watson is our out and out finisher with Nowell providing workrate off the other side.

      Tuilagi and Jospeh together could really be something special too…

      Just got to get Manu fit now

      1. During the brief spells when he has been fit in the last 3 years he hasn’t looked that great to me. He is still powerful but seems to have lost a bit of footwork/pace.

        With the amount he has been injured and some of the mental frailties he has been displaying off the field I think it is unlikely we will even see the 2013 Manu again

      2. Have to agree with Leon here, no great loss. I actually think T’eo could be a better player. His offloading game is more natural and whilst not having the same physicality as Manu he does bust good holes.
        I think Faz, T’eo and Daly would be a great midfield.

        1. I personally don’t think they’re comparable. I know this is based on past form, but IMO a fit Tuilagi is better than a fit Teo.

          Teo does have nice offloads but, as you mention, doesn’t have the physicality. Against NZ he didn’t have the same impact breaking the gainline as we have seen for England and I think this is where Tui is a class above. He has so much power, and is also very quick so can beat people on the outside.

          But I am not ignoring the fact that he hasn’t played in a while. If he plays, stays fit and commits then we can actually see if he’s been missed or not.

        2. I understand the reservations about him, and in reality not even Manu will know if he can get back to 2013 form.

          However, even if he is at 8–90% of that, he blows Te’o out of the water. He is so destructive with ball in hand and always had better hands than was suggested. I just think he’s one of the only world class players we have so we need to nurture him.

          I’m probably in the minority, but I don’t much care about the off the field stuff. He obviously was wrong, but EJ sent him home and I expect him to learn from that. He’ll know he won’t get away with anything now under EJ.

          Would like to see a Te’o and JJ midfield. Whilst I’m a massive Daly fan, I think at test level his future is in the back three.

  7. Yeah fair points, i really meant that SL would have limited his options by his actions and i wonder whether EJ will or will read the riot act but continue to consider them. I agree on Solomona but think MT could still be the best option we have (if he sorts it out)

    1. Personally I think Jones will bring them both straight back if he believes they are the best players he has.

      They’ve had their punishment now. Obviously the details aren’t out yet but being sent home is probably enough of a punishment for a few too many…

      1. I suspect there might be a bit more to it. I don’t think Eddie would have sent them home for having a few too many. I think they may have got up to something after having a few too many!!!!

        1. I don’t know about that this was supposed to be an intensive Fitness camp. If players are getting beered up and not fully committing to the training then that may be all there is to it

          1. Yeh my understanding is that they looked hungover when they turned up Monday morning.

            I’m not condoning it, and they certainly shouldn’t be doing that, but if that’s all it was then I don’t think it’ll be taken any further

            1. Sorry Jacob, if you are a professional sportsman then your number one priority has to be your fitness. Tuilagi has been the bigger idiot here as he’s been plagued by injuries over the last 18 months, from which it seems, he has learned sod all. He can’t claim to be an easily led tyro anymore either. Solomona has played right into the hands of those who question his genuine desire to wear the red rose. I hope EJ throws the book at the pair of them. So disappointing.

              1. I’m not saying they weren’t wrong, I just don’t think it needs to go any further than this.

                From all accounts, everyone was out for a beer anyway and they obviously stayed out a little too long…

  8. Irrespective of anything else the time factor is the main consideration.With tuilagi being injured for so long EJ has had to construct a different game plan which uses the rapier as opposed to the broadsword.Time is too short to go back now.For Tuilagi to be considered as a starter not only would mean that JJ would have to be dropped but also the wide attack would be blunted.The best that Tuilagi could be utilised would be as a finisher like Teo. EJ”s selection policy has made it perfectly clear that bovine neanderthalism (Warrenball) is Plan B or C never Plan A.
    As for Sollomona tremendous try scoring potential but needs at least a season to get his defence sorted out .Remember Roko was jettisoned because of defensive frailties ,same applies to Wade and Yarde.

    1. Why would it have to be JJ? EJ has gone on record to say that he sees Manu as a 12, and he’s done it on more than one occasion.

      You can see from the Burrell experiment/disaster is Aus that he is keen to have Farrell at 10 and a carrier at 10. As long as we see someone with better hands, like Daly, as FB then we won’t have issues spreading the ball.

  9. Forget Manu Tualagi folks; he’s a busted flush. He had one fine game for England, 5 years ago against an exhausted AB side. But since then? He’ll never reach test standard again, and I believe EJ knows that. This was the last throw of dubious dice, and it failed.

  10. Taliesin
    Beg to differ. The best coaches will know when to keep their options open and not limit them prematurely. Lancaster was a professional at boxing himself in!
    If Manu and Solomona are dangerous strike runners (and both are in different ways) then EJ will keep them out in the cold for a stint, reprimand them and return them to the fold perhaps in the spring. He needs the best squad available if he wants to come good on his ambition of winning the WC

    1. Important caveat “If Manu and Solomona are dangerous strike runners” should be modified to say “his most dangerous” in which case what Taliesin is saying is still true as Manu is not and hasn’t been the best player in his position since that one good game 5 years ago

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