Centre Ben Te’o and full-back Mike Brown will not have a final chance to impress head coach after being left out of the squad to face Wales this weekend.

Scrum-half Ben Spencer and rookie forward Alex Dombrandt have also been excluded from the 33-man group.

Jones will name his World Cup squad of 31 the day after Sunday’s warm-up at Twickenham.

England then face Wales in Cardiff before games with Ireland and Italy.

After being left out of the recent training camp in Italy, Gloucester fly-half Danny Cipriani is again excluded, which is another blow to his World Cup chances.

However, the uncapped pair of Northampton flanker Le Ludlam and Bath wing Ruaridh McConnochie are both named, and could make their Test debuts at Twickenham this weekend.

Scrum-half Willie Heinz is also in line for a surprise first cap after being included at the expense of Spencer.

While the RFU say those omitted could still force their way into Jones’ final party, the omissions of Brown, Te’o, Spencer and Dombrandt appear significant.

Te’o has long been a favourite of Jones’, while Spencer ended the 2019 Six Nations as England’s second choice scrum-half behind Ben Youngs.

Brown looks to be in a shoot-out with Anthony Watson for the final back-three spot, but has lost ground, while Dombrandt was always a long-shot to make the plane to Japan.

“Players excluded from being involved in this camp are naturally disappointed but may get another opportunity so they must be ready,” Jones said.

“By the time we fly out on 8 September we will be ready to win the World Cup. We are not there yet but we have four games to get ready.”

Star wing Jack Nowell will continue his rehabilitation from ankle surgery in camp and is not available for the match with Warren Gatland’s side.

Prop Mako Vunipola is also not in contention to face the Welsh, but is said to be progressing well from his hamstring problem.

England squad to face Wales

Forwards: Dan Cole (Leicester), (Exeter), Tom Curry (Sale), Charlie Ewels (Bath), (Leicester), Jamie George (Saracens), (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Le Ludlam (Northampton), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Jack Singleton (Saracens), (Bath), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry (Exeter), (Sale).

Backs: Joe Cokanasiga (Bath), Elliot Daly (Saracens), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester), (Northampton), Willi Heinz (Gloucester), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Joe Marchant (Harlequins), Jonny May (Leicester), Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath), Henry Slade (Exeter), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester), Anthony Watson (Bath), Ben Youngs (Leicester).

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here