Rugby World Cup puzzler as England ADD 5 to 38-man squad they must cut to 31

Rugby World Cup puzzler as England ADD 5 to 38-man squad they must cut to 31

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Mike Brown has been recal
ed to England’s rugby tra
ning squad days after bei
g led to believe his Worl
Cup dream was dead. Brown, the nation’s most-
apped fullback, feared th
worst when he was omitte
from a list of 38 names,
from which the 31 to repr
sent England in Japan was
meant to come. But head coach Eddie Jone
muddied the waters on Su
day by adding five player
for his upcoming Bristol
training camp, among them
the 72-cap Harlequins sta
wart. Jones refuses to explain
he significance of recall
ng Brown, Alex Dombrandt,
Marcus Smith, Tom Dunn an
Ollie Thorley, nor will
e say whether consigning
anny Cipriani, Sam Underh
ll and Anthony Watson to
specialised strength and
onditioning work separate
y, off-site” is a black m
rk against their names. “Our preparation is about
making sure the players p
ak for the World Cup,” he
stated, cryptically. “It’
not about being ready no
for it [England’s f
rst group game is on Sept
mber 22]. “Some players we feel wil
benefit now from being a
ay from the camp for a li
tle bit and will do speci
lised strength and condit
oning work. We want to ke
p the squad fresh and ali
e which is important and
e want to make sure there
is a little bit of cooper
tive competition for sele
tion and edge around. “The ante goes up again i
this week. The players w
o have come in from the P
emiership final will incr
ase their contribution an
the other guys are in th
ir fourth week and are st
rting to get near good ph
sical condition.” FORWARDS Dan Cole (Leices
er, 85 caps), Luke Cowan-
ickie (Exeter, 11), Tom C
rry (Sale, 10),Alex Dombr
ndt (Harlequins, None), T
m Dunn (Bath, None), Char
ie Ewels (Bath, 10), Elli
Genge (Leicester, 9), Ja
ie George (Saracens, 37),
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 27)
George Kruis (Saracens,
2), Joe Launchbury (Wasps
58), Courtney Lawes (Nor
hampton, 71), Lewis Ludla
(Northampton, None), Joe
Marler (Harlequins, 59),
en Moon (Exeter, 8), Brad
Shields (Wasps, 8), Kyle
inckler (Harlequins, 22),
Jack Singleton (Saracens,
None), Billy Vunipola (Sa
acens, 41), Mako Vunipola
(Saracens, 53), Harry Wil
iams (Exeter, 17), Mark W
lson (Newcastle, 13). BACKS Mike Brown (Harlequ
ns, 72), Joe Cokanasiga (
ath, 4), Elliot Daly (Sar
cens, 30), Owen Farrell (
aracens, 70), George Ford
(Leicester, 55), Piers Fr
ncis (Northampton, 4), Wi
li Heinz (Gloucester, Non
), Jonathan Joseph (Bath,
40), Jonny May (Leicester
45), Ruaridh McConnochie
(Bath, None), Jack Nowell
(Exeter, 33), Henry Slade
(Exeter, 22), Marcus Smit
(Harlequins, None), Ben
pencer (Saracens, 3), Ben
Te’o (Unattached, 18), Ol
ie Thorley (Gloucester, N
ne), Manu Tuilagi (Leices
er, 32), Ben Youngs (Leic
ster, 85). poll loading Will England win the 2019
Rugby World Cup? 0+ VOTES SO FAR YES NO

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