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    19 June 2023

    England’s 2023 Rugby World Cup Squad Training Begins Without Ollie Hassell-Collins

    Wing Ollie Hassell-Collins Dropped as Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers Players Return to England’s World Cup Training Squad

    In a surprising move, wing Ollie Hassell-Collins has been dropped from England’s World Cup training squad while Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers players make their return.

    New Additions to the Squad

    The most capped men’s player in England, Ben Youngs of Leicester, is one of the new additions to the team. The squad includes players who were involved in the Premiership semi-finals.

    Players Who Were Let Go

    Hassell-Collins, who made his debut during February’s Six Nations, played only two out of five matches for his country before being let go. Scrum-halves Ben Spencer and Harry Randall also failed to secure spots on the team.

    Borthwick Announces Second Out Of Three Squads

    This announcement marks Steve Borthwick’s second out of three squads before four-test summer series against Wales starts on August fifth. He will announce his final thirty-three-man squad for the world cup starting September eighth next month.

    Saracens And Sale Sharks Players Not Included Yet

    It should be noted that Saracens and Sale Sharks’ players have not yet been included following their participation in this year’s Premiership final. Despite sustaining knee and calf injuries respectively last week during training sessions with others like centre Ollie Lawrence and hooker Jack Walker still partaking in the training squad.

    Injured Players Still Attending Training Camp

    Moreover, number eight Billy Vunipola, lock Ollie Chessum and hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie are also attending the camp as they continue their recoveries from injury. This is good news for England fans who will be hoping that these key players make a full recovery before the world cup begins next month.

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