It's hot in Italy, and that's what Eddie Jones wants.
Monday, now that England's second training camp, in Bristol, is over, the team will begin a sizzling 12-day heat camp in Treviso, Italy.
The goal for head coach Jones is to continue progressing the health and fitness of his players, so they can find their peak when the Rugby World Cup rolls around in late September. And he seems to be relishing putting his players under the sun.
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The 35-man training camp was increased to 40 members for the Bristol assembly. Jones called up 72-cap fullback Mike Brown and the uncapped Alex Dombrandt (back row), Tom Dunn (hooker), Marcus Smith (flyhalf), and Ollie Thorley (winger), while Jack Nowell (winger) Mako Vunipola (prop), and Joe Launchbury (second row) returned from their time off.
Flyhalf Danny Cipriani, fullback Anthony Watson, and flanker Sam Underhill were dropped from the group to do specialized work outside of the camp, with the idea they'll be rejoining afterward.
...🤷🏻♂️ just doesn’t make sense to me https://t.co/IswubLMuuu— Mike Friday (@MikeFriday09) July 22, 2019
By August 31, teams must cut their World Cup rosters down to 31 members. England will have played three summer test matches by then, and will have one more after.
The next five weeks will be hugely important for players trying to earn their plane tickets to Japan. England will have four summer test matches to prepare for the World Cup and to finalize which players make the cut, and which ones stay at home to watch.
Current England World Cup Training Group
Prop: Dan Cole, Ellis Genge, Joe Marler, Ben Moon, Kyle Sinckler, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams
Hooker: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Dunn, Jamie George, Jack Singleton
Second Row: Charlie Ewels, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes
Back Row: Tom Curry, Alex Dombrandt, Lewis Ludlam, Brad Shields, Billy Vunipola, Mark Wilson
Scrumhalf: Willi Heinz, Ben Spencer, Ben Youngs
Flyhalf: Owen Farrell, George Ford, Marcus Smith
Center: Piers Francis, Jonathan Joseph, Henry Slade, Ben Te'o, Manu Tuilagi
Back Three: Mike Brown, Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Jonny May, Ruaridh McConnochie, Jack Nowell, Ollie Thorley