Schonert named in second England training squad

Warriors tighthead prop Nick Schonert has been named in a 31-strong England squad for a second training camp at the Lensbury Hotel from June 30 to July 4.

The uncapped Schonert was involved in England’s first training camp earlier this week and has retained his place in a revised squad.

Danny Cipriani (Gloucester Rugby), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) and Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby) have been added to the squad while Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins) and Marcus Smith (Harlequins) will return to their clubs next week.

Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) will join George Kruis (Saracens) and Mako Vunipola (Saracens) in camp to continue their rehabilitation.
England’s squad also includes two players who left Warriors at the end of last season – Saracens-bound hooker Jack Singleton and centre Ben Te’o, who has yet to sign for another club.

“It has been a really positive week, we have worked on our fundamentals of the game, a little bit of physical conditioning and I am really pleased with the attitude of the players. They have all come back from their leave in excellent condition and the best I have seen in the time I have been with England,” said England Head Coach Eddie Jones.

“Next week we will add some players and be looking to improve our physical conditioning, ability to understand how we want to play the game and start to increase the pressure at training. We have a couple of players going back to their clubs as we feel it is in their best interests in terms of the World Cup to do that, and we will consider their participation in the squad further down the track.”

England’s official Rugby World Cup training squad will be announced by Jones at Japan House on Thursday July 4.

England will play Wales (August 11) and Ireland (August 24) at Twickenham Stadium and Italy (September 6) in Newcastle as part of the Quilter Internationals as well as an away fixture against Wales (August 17) in Cardiff.

England will travel to Treviso, Italy for a heat camp from July 22 until August 2 before returning to Italy on August 28 until  September 5. The squad will also be based in Bristol for a week from July 14 to 18) and from August 12 to 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.