Clifford replaces Vunipola in training squad

Jack Clifford (Harlequins) has been called up into England’s training squad which convenes today (Sunday) in Oxford.

The Harlequins' No 8 replaces Billy Vunipola (Saracens) after he picked up an injury to his right knee during Saracens win against Sale Sharks on Saturday.

The squad will convene in Oxford for the three-day camp.

The camp will provide a chance for the squad to continue their preparations for the upcoming Old Mutual Wealth Series that will see England play Argentina (11 November), Australia (18 November) and Samoa (25 November).

“This camp in Oxford is a really positive opportunity for the group to come back together and sharpen our focus and preparation ahead of our first match against Argentina,” said Jones.

Meanwhile, Saracens have confirmed Vunipola has been ruled out of action for four months after scans confirmed he sustained a knee-cartilage injury.

Vunipola underwent surgery this morning (Sunday) on his right knee to repair his meniscus and it is expected the forward will undertake a period of rehabilitation over the next 16 weeks. He will therefore miss England's Old Mutual Wealth series campaign. 

“For any team to lose a player of the ability of Billy is a blow and he will be missed through the autumn for both Saracens and England," said Mark McCall, Saracens Director of Rugby.

"It’s desperately disappointing for him, considering how hard he has worked during the off-season to get back to full fitness, but Billy is a resilient character and he’ll have a strong support network around him to get him back on the field in the best possible shape.

“What’s now important for Billy is his recovery and we look forward to his return later this season.”

England training squad for Oxford camp:

Forwards

Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Mako Vunipola (Saracens).

Backs

Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

 

 


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