World Cup - Stevens in England World Cup party

Mon, 20 Jun 10:11:00 2011

Matt Stevens has continued his remarkable comeback from a two-year drugs ban by being named in England's World Cup training squad.

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Since returning to the fold in late January, Saracens prop Stevens has not been on a losing team, either for newly-crowned Aviva Premiership champions Saracens or at representative level with England Saxons. And after reeling off three influential displays for the Saxons during their successful Churchill Cup campaign, he has earned a senior recall.

Stevens won the last of his 32 England caps in November 2008, but a lengthy suspension imposed for cocaine use then saw him banished to the sporting wilderness.

Also included is Leicester Tigers Samoan-born winger Manu Tuilagi, who is currently serving a ban for punching his new England team-mate Chris Aston.

Manager Martin Johnson has named 45 players for a summer training camp and internationals home and away against Wales, and away to Ireland - the party will then be reduced for 30 for the World Cup in New Zealand.

Johnson said: “Every one of these players has the chance to be in that final 30 going to New Zealand. The camp is going to be intense and competitive, as you would expect leading up to a World Cup, but all the players are ready for it.

“We have guys such as Lewis Moody, Jonny Wilkinson and Mike Tindall who have been in this situation before but also a lot of players who won’t have experienced a World Cup training camp. It’s now up to all of them to set down their marker over the next 10 weeks before we head to New Zealand.”

ENGLAND WORLD CUP TRAINING SQUAD

Forwards

Mouritz Botha (Saracens)

George Chuter (Leicester Tigers)

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)

Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)

Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)

Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers)

Paul Doran-Jones (Gloucester Rugby)

Nick Easter (Harlequins)

Hendre Fourie (Sale Sharks)

Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)

James Haskell (Unattached)

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

Lee Mears (Bath Rugby)

Lewis Moody (Bath Rugby)

Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)

Tim Payne (London Wasps)

Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)

Simon Shaw (London Wasps)

Andrew Sheridan (Sale Sharks)

Matt Stevens (Saracens)

Steve Thompson (London Wasps)

Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)

David Wilson (Bath Rugby)

Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

Joe Worsley (London Wasps)

Backs

Delon Armitage (London Irish)

Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints)

Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby)

Danny Care (Harlequins)

Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks)

Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)

Riki Flutey (London Wasps)

Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)

Shontayne Hape (Bath Rugby)

Charlie Hodgson (Saracens)

Ugo Monye (Harlequins)

Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)

Joe Simpson (London Wasps)

James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester Rugby)

David Strettle (Saracens)

Mike Tindall (Gloucester Rugby)

Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)

Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)

Jonny Wilkinson (RC Toulon)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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