Dylan Hartley, Chris Robshaw and Danny Care LEFT OUT of England’s training squad ahead of World Cup
- Eddie Jones has named 29-man squad for his first pre-World Cup training camp
- Chris Robshaw, Dylan Hartley and Danny Care are among those left out by Jones
- The squad doesn’t feature any of those involved in Premiership semi-finals
England’s co-captain Dylan Hartley has been left out of England’s 29-man squad for a pre-World Cup training camp.
Chris Robshaw and Danny Care have also been omitted from the squad, which doesn’t include any players involved in the recent Premiership play-offs – which featured Saracens, Exeter, Northampton, Gloucester.
There are four new names in the squad, with Alex Dombrandt, Lewis Ludlam, Ruaridh McConnochie and Val Rapava Ruskin handed their first call-up to an England senior training squad.
Dylan Hartley has been left out of England’s 29-man squad for a pre-World Cup training camp
Chris Robshaw has slipped down the Red Rose pecking order in the past 12 months
Forwards: Dan Cole, Tom Curry, Alex Dombrandt, Tom Dunn, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Joe Launchbury, Lewis Ludlam, Val Rapava Ruskin, Nick Schonert, Brad Shields, Kyle Sinckler, Jack Singleton, Sam Underhill, Mark Wilson
Backs Chris Ashton, Mike Brown, Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Ruaridh McConnochie, Dan Robson, Marcus Smith, Ben Te’o, Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs
But as exclusively revealed by Sportsmail on Wednesday, Hartley’s World Cup prospects now look seriously bleak as he continues to struggle with a knee injury.
NOT CONSIDERED AFTER FEATURING IN PLAY-OFFS
Saracens: Jamie George, Mako Vunipola, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Billy Vunipola, Ben Spencer, Owen Farrell, Alex Lozowski
Exeter: Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Ollie Devoto, Ben Moon, Harry Williams, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Alec Hepburn
Northampton: Courtney Lawes
Gloucester: Danny Cipriani
The 33-year-old hooker, who skippered England to their record equalling run of 18 consecutive Test wins at the start of Jones’ regime, has not played at all since December 21.
His club Northampton Saints have consistently described his knee as ‘grumbly’ and Sportsmail understands the issue has still not been fully resolved.
Owen Farrell is now almost certain to lead England in Japan, if fit. Former captain Robshaw is also likely to miss out on the World Cup.
The back row has been on a redemption mission since England’s Ill-fated campaign in 2015 but has slipped down the Red Rose pecking order behind Mark Wilson and Brad Shields.
Scrum-half Danny Care is another of England’s old guard who missed out on the 29-man squad
ROAD TO WORLD CUP
Jun 23-27: 29-man training camp
Jun 30-Jul 4: Second training camp
July 4 – 36-man squad confirmed
Jul 14-18: Training in Bristol
Jul 22-Aug 2: Warm-weather camp in Treviso, Italy
Aug 12-16: Training in Bristol
Aug 28-Sep 5: Warm-weather camp in Italy
Sep 2 – deadline for final 31-man World Cup squad
August 11 – Wales
August 24 – Ireland
September 6 – Italy
August 17 – Wales
He has not played a Test for almost a year and his chances of avenging the pool stage exit of 2015 now appear to be bleak.
Nathan Hughes is a surprise omission from the squad. The No 8 – moving from Wasps to Bristol this summer – appeared to have established himself as Billy Vunipola’s deputy but he has been left out with Wilson, Shields and Alex Dombrandt all capable of playing at the base of the scrum.
Jones’ selection move represents a changing of the old guard, with scrum-half Danny Care also set to be cut from his plans.
With Joe Marler currently retired, full-back Mike Brown is the only member of the stalwart Harlequins’ quartet included in the 29-man training camp at Pennyhill Park.
Next week Jones will add players from Gloucester and Northampton, before selecting a 36-man World Cup training squad complete with Saracens and Exeter players on July 4.
After announcing this squad, England coach Jones said: ‘The first two England training camps are designed to improve individual players’ fundamentals to allow them to compete for a place in the Rugby World Cup squad.’
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