RWC 2019: England Squad for Bristol Training Camp

The England men’s squad assembled in Bristol yesterday for their second Rugby World Cup training camp (14-18 July).

40 players have been called up with Harlequins players Mike Brown, Alex Dombrandt and Marcus Smith joining the squad alongside Bath Rugby’s Tom Dunn and Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby). Danny Cipriani (Gloucester Rugby), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby) and Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby) will do specialised strength and conditioning work separately off site.

England head coach Eddie Jones said: “Our preparation is about making sure the players peak for the World Cup. It’s not about being ready now for it.

“Some players we feel will benefit now from being away from the camp for a little bit and will do specialised strength and conditioning work.

“We want to keep the squad fresh and alive which is important and we want to make sure there is a little bit of cooperative competition for selection and edge around.”

Jones added about the Bristol camp: “We are in Bristol this week as a bit of a change of scenery and pace. We have got good facilities and will continue to work very hard on particularly our physical conditioning but also our ability to implement our game plan under those physical conditions.

“The ante goes up again in this week. The players who have come in from the Premiership final will increase their contribution and the other guys are in their fourth week and are starting to get near good physical condition.”

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 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 will begin their Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan against Tonga in Sapporo (22 September, KO 11:15am UK time) before playing USA Rugby in Kobe (26 September, KO 11:45am UK time), Argentina in Tokyo (5 October, KO 09:00am UK time) and France in Yokohama (12 October, KO 09:15am UK time).

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 85 caps)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 11 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 10 caps)
Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, uncapped)
Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 9 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 37 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 27 caps)
George Kruis (Saracens, 32 caps)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 58 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 71 caps)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 59 caps)
Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs, 8 caps)
Brad Shields (Wasps, 8 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 22 caps)
Jack Singleton (Saracens, uncapped)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 41 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 53 caps)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 17 caps)
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons / Sale Sharks, 13 caps)

Mike Brown (Harlequins, 72 caps)
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 4 caps)
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 30 caps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 70 caps)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 55 caps)
Piers Francis (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)
Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 40 caps)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 45 caps)
Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 33 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 22 caps)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, upcapped)
Ben Spencer (Saracens, 3 caps)
Ben Te’o (unattached, 18 caps)
Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 32 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 85 caps)

12 thoughts on “RWC 2019: England Squad for Bristol Training Camp

  1. Mighty comprehensive squad.. with Mike Brown belatedly included? However, as Jones HAS enlarged his squad, why not include the usual other suspects & experienced omissions, like Morgan & Kvesic for instance? OTOH, why has Eddie bloated his squad rather than trimmed to his likely WC side with kick off just weeks away? Is he having 2nd thoughts on players? Doesn’t he know his nr best 31 yet? A case of too much, too late? Can’t fathom his ‘logic’ here?!

    1. Maybe Jones does know his 31, but 40 still seems excessive. Could potentially give false hope to some. May adversely affect squad morale. OTOH, Ed could have already have had a private word with those concerned. Who knows from outside the tent?

  2. Think Jones is pretty sure of who he wants in his final 31. He might be wrestling with one or two marginal calls and he may be weighing up whether to risk only taking 5 props or 2 SH’s, but most of the decisions will have been made by now.
    I imagine this enlarged group is there for the demands of the training week.

    1. 5 props seem plenty. Can always call up in case of injury. Better with x3 1/2’s I reckon, esp with Youngs as likely No. 1. Also x4 locks better than 5. Makes room for extra loose fwd choices. The breakdown will be crucial IMO. Morgan could have been handy here, offering, amongst other things, another line out option. Billy can’t jump!

  3. Ewels, Ludlam, Singleton, Francis, Heinz, Smith and Thorley are just tackle bag holders surely…

    I presume he has a bloated squad now to ensure that any replacements that might be required during the tournament are familiar with the squad and versed on tactics.

  4. How far do we need to get in rwc for Jones to keep his job and not be fired?Anyone feel as I do that it is perfectly possible we may not even get out of our pool?It is not a given we will imho.

    1. Also perfectly possible that England will get out of their group Harlequin. Surely possible to beat either Aregentina or France? Mind you, might be a bit tricky if the 3 of theses teams each lost to 1 another. If, in the unlikely event that England do go out in the group stage, Jones will be toast. If they reach the 1/4ers & then go out, he will be toast. If they go out in the semis, he’ll probably be toast. If England reach the final, it’s uncertain whom’ll be toast. Hope this helps.

      1. If we reach the final Don, i’ll DRINK a toast!
        Re Ed’d p45 situation, i thought both he and Mitchell had been given contract extensions until about the year 2030 even if England get on the wrong plane and don’t even actually get to japan?

        1. Yes, well the Heathrow extension may be built by then, so Ed might take his P45 (along with Mitchell) on an early fight out if England crash b4 the 1/4rs, regardless of his (contract) extension?

  5. Cips cut from the overseas training squad, might have known…………….and, why Francis but not Lozowski? Ed strikes again.


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