Seven Bath Rugby players retained by Lancaster

7 August 2015

Seven Bath Rugby players will return to Pennyhill Park on Sunday to re-join England and resume their preparations for the QBE Internationals and the Rugby World Cup.

Dave Attwood, Sam Burgess, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson, Rob Webber and David Wilson have all been retained by Head Coach Stuart Lancaster, whilst Kyle Eastmond and Semesa Rokoduguni will both return to the Club.

England will play France at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, August 15 and Lancaster said: "We had a great two-week camp in Denver where the entire squad worked extremely hard and were exceptional in the way they went about the training. That has continued this week and competition for places has been very intense.

"It has been difficult to narrow down the squad as everyone has contributed and given their all. But what I have said to those guys who are not coming back in on Sunday is that the door is not closed by any means; they are only an injury away and there is a lot of international rugby to be played this season, culminating in a three-Test tour to Australia.

"Overall we are in good shape. Both Nick Easter and Ben Morgan are now fit and we want to give them both opportunities to train fully and prove their form and fitness next week."

England training squad

Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
Sam Burgess (Bath Rugby)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Nick Easter (Harlequins)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Bath Rugby)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Jamie George (Saracens)
James Haskell (Wasps)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Geoff Parling (Exeter Chiefs)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

England fixtures

August 15th, QBE International, Twickenham Stadium, England v France, 20.00

August 22nd, Stade de France, France v England, 21.00 (local time)

September 5th, QBE International, Twickenham Stadium, England v Ireland, 14.30

September 18th, RWC 2015, Twickenham Stadium, England v Fiji, 20.00

September 26th, RWC 2015, Twickenham Stadium, England v Wales, 20.00

October 3rd, RWC 2015, Twickenham Stadium, England v Australia, 20.00

October 10th, RWC 2015, Manchester City Stadium, England v Uruguay, 20.00

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