Others who miss out include Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson and Leicester lock Louis
Deacon while Charlie Hodgson and Lee Mears announced their retirements from
Test rugby last week.
Six players who did not tour South Africa last month because of injury are all
back – Gloucester wing Charlie Sharples, Northampton forwards Courtney Lawes
and Tom Wood, Saracens prop Matt Stevens, Bath hooker Rob Webber and Leicester
flanker Tom Croft.
There are first appearances, meanwhile, in the Saxons squad for Sale Sharks back
Rob Miller – last season’s Aviva Premiership top try-scorer – Wasps wing
Christian Wade, Leicester fly-half George Ford, Bath prop Nathan Catt and
Worcester flanker Matt Kvesic.
Lancaster admitted he had taken some “tough decisions” in selecting the two squads.
“Selecting players at this stage gives us an early chance to sit down and assess
the tour and look forward to next season,” Lancaster said.
“However, experience tells us that form and fitness will play a major role in
selection prior to the QBE internationals in November and December, and any
of the players in the senior and Saxons squads could easily be involved.
“We saw this in January when Geoff Parling came in as an injury replacement for
Louis Deacon and has played every Test since.
“There is always movement which opens the door for players, and I am sure next
season will be no different.
“The great thing is that we have got competition across the board and strength
in depth developing in many positions with players who will be around for
the next few years.
“There are also some exciting players just on the cusp of the squads such as
Tom Homer, Charlie Matthews, Tom Heathcote and Elliot Daly, who we are really
looking forward to seeing develop in the next 12 months and beyond.”
Players in both squads will attend a training camp at Loughborough University
from August 6-8, while England’s next Test match is against Fiji at
Twickenham on November 10, which is followed on successive weekends by fixtures
against Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
“It will be a rugby-focused few days,” added Lancaster of the camp at Loughborough.
“It gives us the chance to review the South Africa tour and set our goals for
next season and further.”
England lost the South Africa Test series 2-0, but they drew the last game in
Port Elizabeth and also comfortably won two midweek fixtures.
THE 32-MAN ENGLAND ELITE PLAYER SQUAD:
Backs: A Allen (Leicester), C Ashton (Saracens), B Barritt (Saracens),
M Brown (Harlequins), D Care (Harlequins), L Dickson (Northampton), O
Farrell (Saracens), T Flood (Leicester), B Foden (Northampton), A Goode
(Saracens), J Joseph (London Irish), C Sharples (Gloucester), M Tuilagi
(Leicester), J Turner-Hall (Harlequins), B Youngs (Leicester).
Forwards: M Botha (Saracens), A Corbisiero (London Irish), D Cole (Leicester),
T Croft (Leicester), P Dowson (Northampton), D Hartley (Northampton), T
Johnson (Exeter), C Lawes (Northampton), J Marler (Harlequins), B Morgan
(Gloucester), T Palmer (Wasps), G Parling (Leicester), C Robshaw
(Harlequins), M Stevens (Saracens), T Waldrom (Leicester), R Webber (Bath),
T Wood (Northampton).
THE ENGLAND SAXONS SQUAD:
Backs: N Abendanon (Bath), M Benjamin (Leicester), T Biggs (Bath), F
Burns (Gloucester), G Ford (Leicester), G Lowe (Harlequins), J May
(Gloucester), R Miller (Sale Sharks), U Monye (Harlequins), J Simpson
(Wasps), D Strettle (Saracens), B Twelvetrees (Gloucester), C Wade (Wasps),
R Wigglesworth (Saracens).
Forwards: N Catt (Bath), C Clark (Northampton), L Deacon (Leicester), P Doran-Jones
(Northampton), C Fearns (Bath), J Gaskell (Sale Sharks), J Gibson (London
Irish), J Gray (Harlequins), J Haskell (Wasps), G Kitchener (Leicester), M
Kvesic (Worcester), J Launchbury (Wasps), M Mullan (Worcester), D Paice
(London Irish), G Robson (Harlequins), H Thomas (Sale Sharks), D Wilson
(Bath), T Youngs (Leicester).