Rugby World Cup 2019: England Squad for 2nd Training Camp

Danny Cipriani

England men’s head coach Eddie Jones has announced a squad of 31 players to attend England’s second training camp at The Lensbury Hotel (30 June-4 July).

Danny Cipriani (Gloucester Rugby), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) and Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby) have been added to the squad while Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins) and Marcus Smith (Harlequins) will return to their clubs next week.

Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) will join George Kruis (Saracens) and Mako Vunipola (Saracens) in camp to continue their rehabilitation.

Jones said: “It has been a really positive week, we have worked on our fundamentals of the game, a little bit of physical conditioning and I am really pleased with the attitude of the players. They have all come back from their leave in excellent condition and the best I have seen in the time I have been with England.

“Next week we will add some players and be looking to improve our physical conditioning, ability to understand how we want to play the game and start to increase the pressure at training. We have a couple of players going back to their clubs as we feel it is in their best interests in terms of the World Cup to do that, and we will consider their participation in the squad further down the track.”

England’s official Rugby World Cup training squad will be announced by Jones at Japan House on Thursday 4 July.

England will play Wales (11 August) and Ireland (24 August) at Twickenham Stadium and Italy (6 September) in Newcastle as part of the Quilter Internationals as well as an away fixture against Wales (17 August) in Cardiff.

England will travel to Treviso, Italy for a heat camp from 22 July until 2 August before returning to Italy on 28 August until 5 September. The squad will also be based in Bristol for a week in July (14-18) and in August (12-16) ahead of England’s away match against Wales. For the two matches against Wales and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, the squad will train at Pennyhill Park.

England training squad

Forwards
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)
Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins)
Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints)
Val Rapava Ruskin (Gloucester Rugby)
Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors)
Brad Shields (Wasps)
Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

Backs
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Danny Cipriani (Gloucester Rugby)
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby)
Elliot Daly (Wasps)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Piers Francis (Northampton Saints)
Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby)
Dan Robson (Wasps)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

*In for medical treatment
George Kruis (Saracens)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

17 thoughts on “Rugby World Cup 2019: England Squad for 2nd Training Camp

  1. Is lack of interest here due to a ‘ghost’ squad being named with its absence of Saracens, Ex players & thus tendering its bearing little resemblance to the real thing? And BTW, is it just window dressing having, for example, Cipriani included, only to have him ejected, again, when Farrell returns?




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  2. Yes, quite a few thought provoking selections but why now? It feels like Ed is just shuffling his deck to pass the time until the official squad is announced.




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  3. The decisive training squad selection happens this week when Saracens and Exeter players are included.
    A few of the players in camp now will be omitted, but at least they had a chance to press their claims. It does give opportunity to establish the pecking order and to see what players could step up if injury issues arise. For those who will be going to Japan – at least half the squad – it gives them more time to gel together.




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    1. So a win, win situation then? Although maybe not so much for the also rans, unless as you state, there are injuries before the WC. However, this training camp gives potential bolsters precious little time or opportunity to press their claims. Especially with Edwardo’s seemingly, often closed mind.




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      1. I dont expect many surprises later this week, nor when the final squad is announced.
        Right now most of us could name at least 25-28 of the players who will go to Japan.
        There might be a place or two up for grabs with a late charge but you wouldnt expect a host of left field selections at this stage.
        Inevitably some good players will miss out when the marginal calls are made, or when the make up of the squad is finally determined.




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  4. Anyone else wondering how long before Tuilagi gets injured and ruled out of the WC, or is it just me?

    How the hell Francis is in there but still no Marchant is truly beyond me!?!?




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    1. Agreed Dazza. Marchant is class, and I would have him in the squad in front of Tuilagi who I don’t think has yet proved he is back to his best. Tuilagi does have at least four games to get injured in though. I still think that our big problem is at 9. Youngs has not been in good form for a long time and we need the quick hands of Care in my view.




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      1. Absolutely, I would pick him ahead of Tuilagi. Marchant has an extra yard of pace and is probably less likely to fly out of defence and miss a tackle!!

        I think Spencer is a better option at 9. Youngs dodgy passing is a worry, but Spencer is the complete package.

        It will be interesting to see who from Sarries and Exeter Eddie wants to look at outside of who he already knows he wants. Lozowski, Ewers, Armand, Kvesic, Tompkins, Jonny Hill, Devoto? All have been very impressive, but none have had a game for England this season.




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  5. Interestingish article in the S Times by D Walsh. Opined that Eddie has a softer side. When quizzed about his father, a WWII & Vietnam vet & although the latter didn’t say much, he was a good bloke & a decent down 2 earth sort, Ed welled up. OTOH, Ed can be an odious fakir, proffering cheat shots like Sexton’s patents being worried about their son being, in effect, a future concussion target. IOW, Ed seems a bit of J & Hyde character? Esp, as he also works like Trojan, racking up copious hrs studying vids & perusing sagging shelves of rugger books & manuals, in the pursuit of his team’s ‘being the best in the world’. To misquote Alexie Sayle, ‘He’s a funny old bloke’.




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