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Sam Burgess named in England Rugby World Cup training squad

Bath centre Sam Burgess is included in England's 50-man Rugby World Cup training squad.

Bath centre Sam Burgess has been named in England's 50-man Rugby World Cup training squad.

Burgess is among seven uncapped players who have been included in coach Stuart Lancaster's provisional party.

Luke Cowan-Dickie, Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly, Henry Slade, Calum Clark and Ed Slater have also been called up.

Chris Ashton returns to the fold following a spell away from the national set-up, while David Strettle, Joe Launchbury, David Wilson and Ben Morgan are also in the group.

The party is due to meet up at Pennyhill Park on June 22 to start preparations for the tournament. England play warm-up matches against Barbarians, France and Ireland before getting their Rugby World Cup campaign underway against Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on September 18.

"We are excited to name this extended squad, which allows us to look at a wide group of players who have been pushing hard for selection in training with us or playing well for their clubs this season," Lancaster told the Rugby Football Union's official website.

Ben Foden, Joe Simpson and Tom Croft are all currently sidelined, but Lancaster has refused to rule out involving them in the group before the start of the tournament.

England Rugby World Cup training squad:

Chris Ashton (Saracens), Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Sam Burgess (Bath Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins), Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks), Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Nick Easter (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Alex Goode (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), George Kruis (Saracens), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers), David Strettle (Saracens), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Rob Webber (Bath Rugby), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), David Wilson (Bath Rugby), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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