Steve Borthwick made his choice known
England are officially targeting the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Coach Steve Borthwick of the world vice-champions has announced the list of first 28 players called up for the training camp which is to begin in the next few days.
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Rugby World Cup 2023: England, the first 28 called up for the World Cup
For the time being, players from Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, Sail Sharks and Saracens are excluded from the list, as are elements of teams that have played in the Premiership playoffs and who would still benefit from a few days off.
after you: Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons), Alex Dombrant (Harlequins), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Charlie Ewells (Bath Rugby), Ellis Gaines (Bristol Bears), Ted Hill (Bath Rugby), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Zac Mercer (Bath Rugby) Montpellier Herault Rugby), Benno Obano (Bath Rugby), Tom Pearson (London Irish), Val Rapava-Raskin (Gloucester Rugby), Kyle Sinkler (Bristol Bears), Will Stuart (Bath Rugby), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Jack Walker (Harlequins)
three quarters: Henry Arundell (London Irish), Danny Care (Harlequins), Joe Koknasiga (Bath Rugby), Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish), Will Joseph (London Irish), Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby), Joe Marchant (Harlequins), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Caden Fife (Harlequins), Harry Randall (Bristol Bears), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Ben Spencer (Bath Rugby)
Three players are on the probables list: Billy Vunipola, Ollie Chesham and Luke Cowan-Dickie. All are continuing their journey of recovery from their respective injuries.
Joe Marler and Danny Care make the list, as do Val Rapava-Raskin and Ben Spencer. However, due to technical preferences, Joe Launchbury and Sam Symonds are not included in the list.
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