Joe Launchbury and James Haskell included in England training squad

Club captain Joe Launchbury and his predecessor James Haskell have been named in England's training squad.

The Wasps pair are part of a 34-strong group assembled by Eddie Jones for a two-day camp in Brighton next week.

The camp will be used to begin preparations for England’s opening match of the NatWest 6 Nations against Italy on 4 February in Rome.

England's head coach said: “This camp in Brighton is important for us to set the tone as a squad ahead of the Six Nations. We will need to improve if we are to hunt down our opponents and beat them. This tournament will be exciting and challenging, as we know we will play against some very strong teams.

“Brighton will provide a great base to begin our preparations with players coming away with a clear plan for our opening match of the campaign against Italy.”

England's Six Nations squad will be announced on Thursday January 18, before the squad departs for a week’s training camp in Portugal three days later. 


England training squad for Brighton camp:

Backs

Full backs

Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Nathan Earle (Saracens)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

Inside backs
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Piers Francis (Northampton Saints)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins) *
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Forwards

Back five

Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons)
James Haskell (Wasps)
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)  
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) *
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs) 
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Front row
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Beno Obano (Bath Rugby)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)