Lancaster announces further players to join England squad

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Following the conclusion of their club seasons the following 18 players from Harlequins and Leicester Tigers will be added to the England training squad to prepare for the tour to New Zealand and the match against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday, June 1.

Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Rob Buchanan (Harlequins)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Will Collier (Harlequins)
Jamie Gibson (Leicester Tigers)
Joe Gray (Harlequins)
Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Luke Wallace (Harlequins)
Dave Ward (Harlequins)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

The above players will join the current squad on Wednesday evening, along with Sale Sharks’ James Gaskell and Ross Harrison. Bath Rugby’s Rob Webber joined the squad last night.

Further players will be added from Bath Rugby and London Wasps following the conclusion of the Amlin Challenge Cup final on May 23 and the European Rugby Champions Cup play-off second leg on May 24, with a further group from Saracens and Northampton Saints joining the tour party and the Aviva Premiership final (May 31). The final squads for the New Zealand tour and the Barbarians match will be announced at 12pm on Monday, May 26.

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10 thoughts on “Lancaster announces further players to join England squad

  1. Really like the look of Kyle Sinkle; I wouldn’t mind him jumping Thomas for the TH slot. Looks far more accomplished. Hope he does to NZ at least.

  2. Tait could be feeling a bit aggrieved. This list contains most English players in the starting team for Quins and Tigers, yet Tait actually played really well, and Allen who didn’t even play at the weekend gets the nod.

    Not that it really matters, my view would be that only Sinckler and Ward, other than those you would expect to see go to NZ, have a shot of making the final squad.

    1. Totally agree on Tait. If I was him I would be mightily disappointed. Especially as both Goode and Foden will not be available for the first test. He could’ve been the ideal back up for Brown as he does have previous experience and is a quality player.
      Apart from Brown, he does have any proven options at full back for the first test.

    2. Agreed re Tait – seriously surprised not to see him included in the training squad. Especially as he was named in the Saxons squad earlier in the year and Lancaster spoke of his excitement of seeing him back in an England shirt (before he got injured again and missed the games).
      So to leave him out now seems strange, especially as we will definitely be without Foden and Goode for the first NZ game and Brown is nursing that injury. So that leaves Pennell and Watson to cover both the BaBas and first NZ game? Doesn’t make sense to me. Rant over (and I’m not a Tigers fan btw).

        1. Maybe also Abendanon before he moves off to France (although that would be very surprising!)

  3. Well Matt Lambert must feel a little peeved. It seems that he is the only Harlequins front-rower not to get called up!

  4. S times listed their likely team for the 1st test & it didn’t look THAT denuded to me.

    Attwood likely lock, Morgan & Johnson in the b row & with Wilson, Marler up front & ? @ hooker the only inexp player.

    Reshuffled b/line seemed a bit more disrupted, but Ford @ fl1/2 (his total Int’al inexp down to SL’s non selection for 6N), 12trees likely inside (?) & Joseph outside centre, Yarde @ wing (was likely anyway), along with Ashton (I think) & Brown if fit? So could be worse.

    If Lancs has the ‘systems & process’ that he talks of in place, then this ‘weakened team’ stuff should be somewhat negated.

    Could be a real oppotunity for the untried to put their hands up I think, esp as NZ could be a bit slow out of the blocks 1st up as per Ireland last time. On the other hand, the ABs will be aware of this, so we’ll see.

    The S T also said that NZ were intransigent in putting the fixtures back a week, altho they didn’t say why. However, this tour has been on the cards for some time now. Perhaps it could have been curtailed to 2 tests early on (starting a week later… £ apart I guess…), but it’s too late to talk about that now.

    It is what it is & there’s little point in thinking of England as ‘depleted’. This can only weaken resolve… & they won’t need that out there, that’s for sure.

  5. Corbisiero/M Vunipola
    Hartley/T Youngs
    B Vunipola
    Barritt/ possibly 12Ts
    Foden/Goode/possibly Brown

    Injuries and fixture madness and intransigence have actually robbed the paying public of quite a team for the first test!

  6. Guess from the discovery of the AP finalists and the recent training squad announcements, the original tour squad will look like this:

    Marler, Mullan, Catt, Wilson, Thomas, Sinckler, Collier

    Webber, Ward, Buchanan/LCD

    Attwood, Launchbury, Parling, Slater, Paterson

    Haskell, Johnson, Robshaw, Kvesic, Morgan, Ewers

    Care, Youngs, Simpson

    Ford, Cipriani

    Twelvetrees, Eastmond, Joseph, Tuilagi

    May, Yarde, Rokodoguni

    Brown, Watson

    Vunipola, Hartley (if not fit- George), Lawes, Wood, Vunipola, Dickson, Farrell, Burrell, Barritt, Ashton, Foden and Goode to join after the AP final.

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