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Ben Spencer left out as Eddie Jones names 26-man England training squad

McConnochie’s snub comes despite his try-scoring efficiency this season, but Cokanasiga is on the comeback trail from a serious knee injury and needs more game time.

Another centre hoping to advance his claim after Manu Tuilagi was ruled out for six months by an Achilles injury is the powerful uncapped Worcester back Ollie Lawrence.

England’s autumn opens with the non-cap international against the Barbarians on Sunday week and continues against Italy in Rome six days later when the delayed 2020 Six Nations will be brought to a conclusion.

Those games act as the curtain raiser to the Autumn Nations Cup, which has replaced the end of season tours from the southern hemisphere.

Jones names his team to face the Barbarians on October 23 and at this stage it appears as though Spencer will not play any part in the coming weeks, despite the rave reviews he has generated since switching Saracens for Bath during lockdown.

Jones has misgivings over his communication on the pitch and will persist with Heinz and Mitchell as Ben Youngs’ understudies.

“We had a good three-day camp last week working on the basics and developing our cohesion as a group,” Jones said.

“This week the focus is to raise the standard as we continue our preparation for the Italy game.”

England training squad

Forwards: T Curry (Sale Sharks), A Dombrandt (Harlequins), T Dunn (Bath Rugby), E Genge (Leicester Tigers), J George (Saracens), J Heyes (Leicester Tigers), T Hill (Worcester Warriors), M Itoje (Saracens), S Kerrod (Harlequins), B Obano (Bath Rugby), D Ribbans (Northampton Saints), B Vunipola (Saracens), M Wilson (Newcastle Falcons).

Backs: A Crossdale (Saracens), E Daly (Saracens), T de Glanville (Bath Rugby), F Dingwall (Northampton Saints), O Farrell (Saracens), G Ford (Leicester Tigers), W Heinz (Gloucester Rugby), O Lawrence (Worcester Warriors), J Marchant (Harlequins), J May (Gloucester Rugby), A Mitchell (Northampton Saints), O Thorley (Gloucester Rugby), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

Reconditioning: C Ewels (Bath Rugby), J Joseph (Bath Rugby), J Marler (Harlequins), W Stuart (Bath Rugby), S Underhill (Bath Rugby), M Vunipola (Saracens), A Watson (Bath Rugby).

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