England head coach Eddie Jones has called up 40 players for their next Rugby World Cup training camp, which takes place in Bristol this week.
40 players have been named with Harlequins players Mike Brown, Alex Dombrandt and Marcus Smith joining the squad alongside Bath’s Tom Dunn and Ollie Thorley (Gloucester).
Danny Cipriani (Gloucester), Sam Underhill (Bath) and Anthony Watson (Bath) will do specialised strength and conditioning work separately off site.
“Our preparation is about making sure the players peak for the World Cup,” said Jones. “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 training squad
Forwards: Dan Cole, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Alex Dombrandt, Tom Dunn, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Joe Marler, Ben Moon, Brad Shields, Kyle Sinckler, Jack Singleton, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams, Mark Wilson
Backs: Mike Brown, Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Piers Francis, Willi Heinz, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Ruaridh McConnochie, Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Marcus Smith, Ben Spencer, Ben Te’o, Ollie Thorley, Manu Tuilagi, Ben Youngs