Danny Cipriani named in England World Cup training camp
British and Irish Lions prop Kyle Sinckler released from squad
Last Updated: 28/06/19 5:55pm
Danny Cipriani has been named in England's 31-man squad for their second World Cup training camp.
The Gloucester fly-half, who was named Premiership player of the year last season, has not been involved in an England training squad since his arrest for assault in Jersey last year.
Cipriani is included along with Gloucester team-mates Ollie Thorley and Willi Heinz, the New Zealand-born scrum-half who qualifies through his English grandmother.
Kyle Sinckler has been dropped along with Harlequins team-mate Marcus Smith. Eddie Jones says "it is in their best interests" to return to their club next week but will be still considered for the World Cup in Japan.
Northampton duo Courtney Lawes and Piers Francis are called into the camp, which takes place at The Lensbury Hotel between June 30 and July 4.
The injured trio of Jack Nowell, George Kruis and Mako Vunipola all remain with the squad as they continue their rehabilitation.
"It has been a really positive week, we have worked on our fundamentals of the game, a little bit of physical conditioning and I am really pleased with the attitude of the players," said England head coach Jones.
"They have all come back from their leave in excellent condition and the best I have seen in the time I have been with England.
"Next week we will add some players and be looking to improve our physical conditioning, ability to understand how we want to play the game and start to increase the pressure at training.
"We have a couple of players going back to their clubs as we feel it is in their best interests in terms of the World Cup to do that, and we will consider their participation in the squad further down the track."
Jones will name his official World Cup training squad on July 4 and will include players from Premiership finalists Saracens and Exeter Chiefs, who must complete a mandatory five-week rest period.
England play two warm-up games against Wales on August 11 and 17, followed by matches against Ireland and Italy on August 24 and September 6 respectively. All four fixtures are live on Sky Sports.
England face Tonga in their World Cup Pool 3 opener in Sapporo on September 22.
England training squad
Forwards: Dan Cole, Tom Curry, Alex Dombrandt, Tom Dunn, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Val Rapava Ruskin, Nick Schonert, Brad Shields, Jack Singleton, Sam Underhill, Mark Wilson.
Backs: Mike Brown, Danny Cipriani, Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, George Ford, Piers Francis, Willi Heinz, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Ruaridh McConnochie, Dan Robson, Ben Te'o, Ollie Thorley, Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs.