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Eight Saints named in England training squad

Eight Northampton Saints players have been named in Steve Borthwick’s second Rugby World Cup training camp – with the 38-man group convening in Brighton today. 

The squad – which does not yet include players from Gallagher Premiership finalists Saracens and Sale Sharks – gathers on the South Coast as England continue their preparations for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France which starts in early-September.   

Forwards Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam and David Ribbans join soon-to-be Saint Tom Pearson in the increased squad, while scrum-half Alex Mitchell and winger Tommy Freeman are joined by uncapped Northampton teammates Fraser Dingwall and Fin Smith in the backs group. 

England’s Summer Series matches begin against Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday 5 August (kick off 5.30pm), with a return fixture at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 12 August (kick off 5.30pm). England then travel to Dublin to face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 19 August (kick off 5.30pm), before returning to Twickenham Stadium to play Fiji on Saturday 26 August (kick off 3.15pm). 

Borthwick will then announce his 33-player Rugby World Cup squad on Monday 7 August. 

And ahead of the second training camp, the England head coach said: “After an excellent first week’s training, we are very much looking forward to being in Brighton.”

“We’re pleased to welcome players from Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers who can now start to integrate themselves into the group, and we look forward to players from Sale Sharks and Saracens joining us in a fortnight. 

“The first phase of our preparation continues to focus on ensuring the players are physically equipped for what we need to do in a World Cup campaign. That means the training will be tough and purposeful. The players are rising to the challenge.

“We’ll work hard again this week, and we’ll enjoy some time together off the field too – which is also an important part of our preparation.” 

England Training Squad

Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons) 
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) 
Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins)
Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby) 
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears)
Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers) 
Ted Hill (Bath Rugby)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints)

Joe Marler (Harlequins)
George Martin (Leicester Tigers)
Zach Mercer (Montpellier Hérault Rugby) 
Beno Obano (Bath Rugby) 
Tom Pearson (London Irish) 
Val Rapava-Ruskin (Gloucester Rugby)
David Ribbans (Northampton Saints) 
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)

Henry Arundell (London Irish)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby) 
Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints)
Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints)

Will Joseph (London Irish)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints)
Cadan Murley (Harlequins)
Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Fin Smith (Northampton Saints)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers)
Anthony Watson (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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