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Published 08/05/2016

Eddie Jones has named eight uncapped players in his England squad to train in Brighton later this month
Eddie Jones has named eight uncapped players in his England squad to train in Brighton later this month

England head coach Eddie Jones has named eight uncapped players among a 26-man squad for a three-day training camp in Brighton.

The group includes Northampton's New Zealand-born back-row forward Teimana Harrison, Sale Sharks back Mike Haley, London Irish wing Alex Lewington and Bath lock Charlie Ewels.

England captain Dylan Hartley is also part of the squad - as is Sale fly-half Danny Cipriani - as Jones prepares for a Twickenham clash against Wales on May 29, followed by next month's three-Test Australia tour.

The camp takes place from May 17-19, with training at Brighton College.

No players involved in the Aviva Premiership play-offs, which will be contested by Saracens, Leicester, Exeter and Wasps, were considered.

Jones said: "The Brighton training camp is a good opportunity for England to get together and train hard ahead of the Wales game and summer tour.

"While we will be without those players involved in the Premiership semi-finals, it's crucial that we spend as much time together as possible.

"We have an important game at Twickenham at the end of the month, and then a challenging tour to Australia. It's a challenge that really excites us, and we are looking forward to starting our preparation.

"There's lots of hard work to be done if we are going to play with the intensity needed to beat southern hemisphere teams.

"We know the speed of the game in Australia will be considerably higher than the RBS 6 Nations, so this short camp, as well as the preparation time ahead of Wales, is going to be vital to our progression.

"Tour places are still up for grabs, and I expect the players in this camp - as well as those involved in the play-offs - to continue to make their case for selection."

England's Twickenham appointment with Wales will see them back in action for the first time since a first Six Nations Grand Slam for 13 years which was secured by a victory over France in Paris seven weeks ago.

England training squad: Backs - M Brown (Harlequins), L Burrell (Northampton), D Care (Harlequins), D Cipriani (Sale Sharks), O Devoto (Bath), G Ford (Bath), J Joseph (Bath), M Haley (Sale Sharks), A Lewington (London Irish), S Rokoduguni (Bath), A Watson (Bath), M Yarde (Harlequins), M Young (Newcastle).

Forwards - D Attwood (Bath), K Brookes (Northampton), J Clifford (Harlequins), C Ewels (Bath), D Hartley (Northampton), T Harrison (Northampton), P Hill (Northampton), M Kvesic (Gloucester), C Lawes (Northampton), J Marler (Harlequins), C Robshaw (Harlequins), K Sinckler (Harlequins), T Taylor (Sale Sharks).

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