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England Announce World Cup Training Squad

Eddie Jones has confirmed his 35-man World Cup training squad and there are some big calls

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England head coach Eddie Jones has confirmed his 35-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup.

The squad which will assemble at the Lensbury Hotel on Sunday, contains Premiership finalists Owen Farrell, Jamie George, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Maro Itoje, Ben Moon, Billy Vunipola, Henry Slade, Harry Williams and Ben Spencer.

While Harlequins prop Joe Marler has been included after making himself available following his retirement from international rugby last year.

Speaking on the selections Jones believes that he has a squad with the ability to win the tournament and has been tracking players over the four-year cycle since the last World Cup.

“We can’t wait to have the full squad in place and to have players competing for those 31 places. It is a process of building the team up, building the cohesion, the tactical understanding of the team and our adaptability. We will need to get those things right to win the World Cup, and that is our aim. World Cup selection is a four-year process. We have looked at the squad carefully, tried to build up a squad that has enough experience, attitude and energy to be winners and I think we have that. In the process, we have left out some players who can feel unlucky. For those guys who have missed out, the door is never closed but they have just got to be ready, as you never know when the opportunity comes,” he said.

The squad has been training for the past two weeks with several players being brought in and cut out, and Jones thinks that the two camps have been hugely positive for the players involved.

“The last two camps have been a head start for us. It has allowed the guys who didn’t play in the semi-finals or final to get some good conditioning work in and also some fundamental skill work so we expect them to set a high standard when the rest of the squad join us on July 7. The players have come in the best physical condition I have ever seen an England squad. The attitude of the players is that they are excited and hungry, they want to do well for themselves, their family and for their country,” he added.

He closed up by discussing his decision to include Marler and admits that although he has been included, he still has a lot to prove if he wants to make the final cut and is also looking forward to the road ahead.

“I saw Joe during the Barbarians’ week and he indicated that he had a desire to come back. We have since had a couple of chats and we have given him the opportunity to do that. Now it is up to him to show us what he has got. For the fans it is the start of the journey so we want you to be with us; we are all in this together. We are looking forward to seeing your support,” he finished.

The initial squad also does not include injured trio George Kruis, Jack Nowell and Mako Vunipola, but they are all continuing their recoveries and will be considered for selection in the final squad.

Meanwhile there are four uncapped players named in Willi Heinz, Lewis Ludlam, Ruaridh McConnochie and Jack Singleton.

England kick-off their World Cup warm-up games against Wales on August 11th before tests against Ireland, Italy and Wales once more.

They will then select their final 31-man World Cup squad and head to Japan.

Check Out the Full 35-man Training Squad Below.

Forwards

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 85 caps)

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 11 caps)

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 10 caps)

Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)

Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 9 caps)

Jamie George (Saracens, 37 caps)

Maro Itoje (Saracens, 27 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)

Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby 9 caps)

Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 41 caps)

Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 17 caps)

Mark Wilson (Sale Sharks, 13 caps)

Backs

Danny Cipriani (Gloucester Rugby, 16 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)

Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 22 caps)

Ben Spencer (Saracens, 3 caps)

Ben Te’o (unattached, 18 caps)

Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 32 caps)

Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 33 caps)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 85 caps)

In camp for rehabilitation
George Kruis (Saracens, 32 caps)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 33 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 53 caps)

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Cipriani Left Out of England Squad

Danny Cipriani has once again been omitted from an England training camp following a brief return to the international set-up

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England head coach Eddie Jones has chosen a 38-man squad for a two-week training camp in Italy and Danny Cipriani has been omitted.

Cipriani was originally selected in Jones’ 35-man training squad for the World Cup, when it was named on July 4th.

However, last week he was named on a three-man list, along with Anthony Watson and Sam Underhill, of players that would do separate “specialised strength and conditioning work” away from the rest of the squad.

The problem for Cipriani is that those two players have been named as part of the squad that will travel to Treviso for the 12-day camp whereas he has been left at home.

Jones has stated that some players have been left behind but are not completely out of the selection picture for the World Cup.

“Selection is absolutely challenging, we have left some good players doing work at their clubs and they must be ready if called up. Treviso is a hard yards camp with conditions similar to Tokyo. Team training will be about being adaptable and off the field enjoying each other’s company,” he said.

Another high-profile absentee is Ben Moon, who has been overlooked for selection with Joe Marler and Ellis Genge travelling and looking almost certain to be Mako Vunipola’s back-ups at the World Cup.

On the other hand, Mike Brown has continued his international revival by being selected in the travelling party. Brown has been out of the English picture for some time now but appears to have impressed since being called-up last week.

England will name their final World Cup squad on August 12th with some key selections still to be made but things are not looking good for Cipriani at the moment.

Check Out the Full 38-Man Squad Below.

Forwards:

D Cole (Leicester Tigers), L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), T Curry (Sale Sharks), C Ewels (Bath Rugby), E Genge (Leicester Tigers), J George (Saracens), M Itoje (Saracens), G Kruis (Saracens), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton Saints), L Ludlam (Northampton Saints), J Marler (Harlequins), B Shields (Wasps), K Sinckler (Harlequins), J Singleton (Saracens), S Underhill (Bath Rugby), B Vunipola (Saracens), M Vunipola (Saracens), H Williams (Exeter Chiefs), M Wilson (Newcastle Falcons/Sale Sharks).

Backs:

M Brown (Harlequins), J Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby), E Daly (Saracens), O Farrell (Saracens), G Ford (Leicester Tigers), P Francis (Northampton Saints), W Heinz (Gloucester Rugby), J Joseph (Bath Rugby), J Marchant (Harlequins), J May (Leicester Tigers), R McConnochie (Bath Rugby), J Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), H Slade (Exeter Chiefs), B Spencer (Saracens), B Te’o (unattached), M Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), A Watson (Bath Rugby), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

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Pumas Star Out of Wallabies Clash

One of Argentina’s key players has been ruled out of the side’s match with the Wallabies this weekend

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Argentinian hooker Augustin Creevy has been ruled out of this Saturday’s clash with the Wallabies with a shoulder injury.

The 34-year-old was in sensational form during Saturday’s narrow 20-16 loss to the All Blacks in their shortened Rugby Championship opener.

Having played only 48-minutes of that match Creevy would have been in perfect condition to play in Brisbane but the shoulder injury is certain to keep him out of the clash.

However, all hope is far from lost as Julian Montoya will more than likely take his place and Montoya himself is arguably in the form of his life.

The Pumas put it up to the All Blacks with both hookers starring in their efforts and All Blacks captain Sam Cane was full of praise for the Pumas after his side’s win.

“The Pumas are very accurate, very good one-on-one defenders and make a nuisance at the breakdown. They might not pinch the most ball but they certainly know how to slow it down. Their ability to just get back on their feet and keep coming off the line shows real desire. They put us under pressure from the first whistle right up to the last second of the game,” he said.

The Wallabies will be wary of Cane’s comments following their 35-17 loss to the Springboks last Saturday and with the Pumas side full of Jaguares players and European stars vying for places at the World Cup.

Argentina will be looking to bounce back after missing out on their first ever win against the All Blacks and it appears as though even without Creevy they will be confident of heading to Brisbane and winning down under.

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Springboks Name 36-Man Squad for All Blacks Test

South Africa have taken 36 players to New Zealand for their clash with the All Blacks this Saturday

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Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has confirmed his side will bring 36 players to New Zealand in preparation for their clash with the All Blacks this Saturday.

Erasmus, coaching staff and a total of eight players left Johannesburg on Saturday following their 35-17 defeat of the Wallabies and left for New Zealand.

The players that left with Erasmus on Saturday were Eben Etzebeth, Jesse Kriel, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Rynhardt Elstadt, Trevor Nyakane, Elton Jantjies, Herschel Jantjies and Bongi Mbonambi.

Yesterday a further 10 players jetted off for New Zealand and are expected to train later today.

They joined-up with 14 players who were already in New Zealand, having been sent over last Thursday to begin their preparations for the All Blacks test.

As well as the 32 that have made their way over Lizo Gqoboka, Warrick Gelant, Marvin Orie and Andre Esterhuizen are to travel over in the coming days.

It appears as though Etzebeth will continue as captain after it was confirmed that regular captain Siya Kolisi has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby Championship campaign.

The Springboks will hope to cause an upset in New Zealand following their win on Saturday which has left them first in the standings after the round one fixtures.

Following their game on Saturday they will travel to Argentina, where they face the Pumas to conclude their shortened Rugby Championship campaign on August 10th.

Check Out the Full 36-Man Squad Below.

Forwards (21):

Schalk Brits (Vodacom Bulls), Marcell Coetzee (Ulster, Ireland), Lood de Jager (Vodacom Bulls), Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks), Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers), Rynhardt Elstadt (Toulouse, France), Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), Lizo Gqoboka (Vodacom Bulls), Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers), Vincent Koch (Saracens, England), Francois Louw (Bath, England), Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions), Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers), Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), Franco Mostert (Gloucester, England), Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls), Marvin Orie (Emirates Lions), Kwagga Smith (Emirates Lions), RG Snyman (Vodacom Bulls), Duane Vermeulen (Vodacom Bulls).

Backs (15):

Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks), Damian de Allende (DHL Stormers), Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England), Andre Esterhuizen (Cell C Sharks), Warrick Gelant (Vodacom Bulls), Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions), Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers), Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse, France), Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls), Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks), Sbu Nkosi (Cell C Sharks), Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz, Japan), Handré Pollard (Vodacom Bulls), Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints, England), Frans Steyn (Montpellier, France).

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