Cipriani tours to New Zealand
May 26, 2014
Danny Cipriani is in the 30-man squad for the first Test against New Zealand © Getty Images
Danny Cipriani and Freddie Burns will battle it out for the fly-half berth ahead of England's first Test against New Zealand on June 7.
Stuart Lancaster has named a 30-man squad who will leave for New Zealand on Tuesday with seven uncapped players included. The group does not include those who are playing in the Aviva Premiership final and they will join ahead of the second Test on June 14.
Worcester fullback Chris Pennell has been rewarded for his impressive form and gets the nod alongside front-row quartet Kieran Brookes, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Gray and Dave Ward, Leicester lock Ed Slater and Gloucester centre Henry Trinder who complete the uncapped group of tourists.
There are no places for George Ford or Anthony Allen in the group as they are injured while Lancaster will wait to see if Anthony Watson recovers from an injury he picked up on Friday night against Northampton Saints.
England's June fixtures
There is also a separate squad named for the game against the Barbarians on June 1, a group of players which includes Bath's Jonathan Joseph and Sale's Michael Paterson, and they may yet play a part in the tour of New Zealand but they will not be in the frame for the first Test.
"We are excited about the squad we are taking to New Zealand and, while there continues to be challenges in selection, we will be well and truly ready for the 1st Test," Lancaster said. "It has a been good few days training and great to be able to work with a larger group of players in the lead up to the Barbarians game and the tour.
"With the Barbarians game and the Aviva Premiership final to come we will make our final selection once we know the availability of all players. This group will fly out on the Monday following the Barbarians game.
"As is often the case there are some players unavailable through injury and it is a shame that recently both George Ford [Bath Rugby] and Anthony Allen [Leicester Tigers] have had to withdraw due to shoulder and knee injuries sustained towards the end of the season
"Anthony Watson [Bath Rugby] is being treated for a hamstring injury and will continue his recovery in England before a final decision is made on whether he will join us in New Zealand on the Monday flight post Aviva final and Barbarians game."
England squad for New Zealand
Forwards: Joe Marler (Harlequins), Matt Mullan (London Wasps), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks), David Wilson (Bath Rugby), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Joe Gray (Harlequins), Dave Ward (Harlequins), Rob Webber (Bath Rugby), Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers), James Haskell (London Wasps), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Backs: Danny Care (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby), Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors), Marland Yarde (London Irish)
England squad for Barbarians match
Forwards: Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby), Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks), Will Collier (Harlequins), Kyle Sinkler (Harlequins), Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), Tommy Taylor (Sale Sharks), Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers), Charlie Matthews (Harlequins), Michael Paterson (Sale Sharks), Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs), James Gaskell (Sale Sharks), Jamie Gibson (Leicester Tigers), Luke Wallace (Harlequins)
Backs: Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby), Joe Simpson (London Wasps), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby), Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Elliot Daly (London Wasps), Rob Miller (Sale Sharks), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
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