England cut seven players from squad

Date published: August 7 2015

Stuart Lancaster has trimmed his training squad to 39 players ahead of England's upcoming Tests and the Rugby World Cup.

Those selected will return to Pennyhill Park on Sunday to resume their preparations with Chris Ashton (Saracens), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Kyle Eastmond (Bath), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath) and Marland Yarde (Harlequins) all heading back to their clubs.

England face France at Twickenham on Saturday, August 15, a crucial fixture in terms of solidifying combinations and gauging individual form.

England head coach 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, Brad Barritt, Kieran Brookes, Mike Brown, Luther Burrell, Sam Burgess, Danny Care, Danny Cipriani, Calum Clark, Dan Cole, Alex Corbisiero, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Alex Goode, Jamie George, James Haskell, Jonathan Joseph, Courtney Lawes, Joe Launchbury, George Kruis, Joe Marler, Jonny May, Ben Morgan, Jack Nowell, Geoff Parling, Chris Robshaw, Henry Slade, Billy Twelvetrees, Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola, Anthony Watson, Rob Webber, Richard Wigglesworth, David Wilson, Tom Wood, Ben Youngs, Tom Youngs.