Eddie Jones puts England stars through their paces in training camp as preparations continue for crucial autumn internationals
- England stars have endured a tough training camp ahead of the new season
- Eddie Jones has gathered his squad in Teddington for gruelling summer sessions
- Owen Farrell, Danny Cipriani and Chris Ashton were among those training
There remains no let up for England’s rugby stars as their pre-season training camp continued amid the gruelling summer heat.
Head coach Eddie Jones has gathered his squad in Teddington, south west of London, for a training camp ahead of the start of the new domestic campaign.
Owen Farrell, Henry Slade and Danny Cipriani train with England in Teddington on Monday
Eddie Jones has been putting his side through their paces ahead of the autumn internationals
England back Elliot Daly (prone) looks to offload the ball during the session at The Lensbury
But Jones has brought his squad together as they continue to build towards next year’s world cup in Japan.
Owen Farrell, Chris Robshaw and Mike Brown were among the experienced heads put through their paces on Monday.
Alongside them at The Lensbury were the likes of Danny Cipriani and Chris Ashton — both of whom have recently returned to the international fold — and a number of young players.
In his 44-man squad, Jones named members of England’s most recent Under-20s side — Joel Kpoku of Saracens, Leicester’s Jordan Olowofela and Harlequin Gabriel Ibitoye.
Chris Ashton, recently recalled to the squad, shares a joke with James Haskell on Monday
England’s stars have endured a tough training camp amid the summer heatwave in Britain
Mike Brown was among the players to be put through drills and exercises by Jones and his staff
Jones’ side have so far endured a difficult 2018. They lost three straight matches to finish fifth in the Six Nations before losing their summer tour to South Africa.
England were without their captain Dylan Hartley for the trip to the southern hemisphere after he was ruled out with concussion.
The hooker has since returned to the fold and was named in the training squad. But he faces a race to be fit for the start of the season following the head injury he suffered during England’s defeat by Ireland at Twickenham on March 17.
England forwards coach Steve Borthwick said on Monday: ‘I think that’s ongoing as he progresses through the process. The start of the season is a month away so he’s progressing. Everything’s going well at this stage.’
Back row forward Chris Robshaw (left) looks to tackle team-mate Daly during the session
Mercurial fly-half Cipriani, who recently returned to the side, works up a sweat in the heat
England are training ahead of autumn games against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa