ENGLAND last night made additions to their training squad for the 2014 QBE Internationals following the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup Round 2.
Dave Ewers, Henry Slade and Thomas Waldrom (all Exeter Chiefs) will come in as injury cover for James Haskell (Wasps), Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints) and Billy Vunipola (Saracens).
Burrell is remaining with Saints for specialist assessment on his injured right hand on Monday and Tuesday while Vunipola will undergo the return to play protocol in camp after suffering concussion in Saracens’ game at Munster on Friday. James Haskell (Wasps) is still getting over a viral infection and, with Will Fraser (Saracens) also suffering a concussion, Ewers comes in.
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby) and Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens) will also train with the squad as cover for the players involved in Sunday’s European games.
Henry Thomas (Bath Rugby) and Alex Waller (Northampton Saints) have been added as cover for David Wilson and Joe Marler, who have calf and thigh injuries respectively, and will have limited training this week. Both are expected to be fit by the weekend.
Tom Wood has remained in Northampton with his wife pending the birth of their third child and will join the squad later this week.
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We always anticipated bringing in additional players following the European games, either to cover injuries or for training.
“Luther will be assessed by a specialist over the next 48 hours and our medics are in close contact with Saints’ so we’ll know more in a few days but it’s great to be able to bring in Henry (Slade). Billy (Vunipola) will undergo the return to play protocol with us and will resume training once he has completed that.
“Injuries are inevitable but we are excited about the group we have in camp. We are raring to go and looking forward to getting out on the training pitch tomorrow.”
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Matt Mullan (Wasps)
Alex Waller (Northampton Saints)
Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons)
Henry Thomas (Bath Rugby)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)
Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)
Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)
James Haskell (Wasps)
Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)*
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Bath Rugby)
Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Marland Yarde (Harlequins)
*Not currently in camp