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England look at Jackson Wray

Saracens back-row Jackson Wray has undergone his first England training camp as Stuart Lancaster puts 55 players through their paces in Loughborough.

The four-day meeting of the team will put them through some gruelling strength and conditioning work before the players return to their clubs ahead of the new Aviva Premiership season.

Lancaster will be buoyed by the returns to fitness of Alex Corbisiero and Tom Croft, who both missed the recent tour of New Zealand but have been included in the Midlands group.

Sale fly-half Danny Cipriani has also remained in the squad but Dan Cole, Sam Dickinson and Ollie Devoto all missed out due to injury.

And Lancaster said: "This camp will give us a chance to get the wider squad together and an opportunity to review the New Zealand tour.

"It will be an important few days for us in terms of complementing the work that the clubs have been doing in pre-season with their strength and conditioning but also from a rugby point of view.

"The next time we meet will be two weeks before we play New Zealand in the QBE Internationals, so this time together is vital."

England prepare for the Autumn tests after a 3-0 whitewash against the All Blacks, with a senior squad of 33 players and a 32-man Saxons party to be announced in October ahead of fixtures the following month.

"In collaboration with Premiership Rugby we have been given the flexibility to announce the England Senior and Saxons squads in October, much closer to our four international matches in November,\" Lancaster said.

"We appreciate their support of our proposal, which enables time to assess the first part of the club season and therefore select players who are in form leading into an important series for us.

"It also allows an opportunity for players not involved in the training camp this week to put down a marker in terms of their performances ahead of the squad announcement."