NATHAN Hughes has been invited along to England’s latest training camp this weekend along with six other Wasps team mates.
The 24-year-old, who was born in Fiji and moved to England to join Wasps back in March 2013, is one of a number of uncapped players selected to attend the pre-season camp by head coach Eddie Jones.
Other notable uncapped players selected for the camp include Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers), who like Hughes has been selected by England for the first time, Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins) and Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors).
Dan Robson is another Wasps player who has been selected after helping England Saxons to a series win over South Africa this summer and he will be joined by team mates James Haskell, Joe Launchbury, Matt Mullan, Joe Simpson and Elliott Daly.
“This camp sets the scene for November,” said England head coach Jones. “It’s important to catch-up with the players prior to the start of the season and continue to put our plans in place.
“We’ll use this time to reset and review each player’s goals so they’re clear on what is expected of them between now and when we meet up again in October. It also gives us an opportunity to meet and assess some new players and ensure they are familiar with the England setup.
“The long-term strategy for England is to develop a side who can be the most dominant team in world rugby, so we’ve chosen a number of new faces to attend this camp on the form they have shown recently or the potential we see in them.
“There will always be opportunities for anyone playing consistently well in the Premiership at the start of the season to force their way into the EPS – the door is always open.
“While we acknowledge that we’re moving in the right direction we also recognise that defeat is never far away. It’s important the players all keep trying to improve and push themselves to reach new standards in their game. We cannot afford to have any complacency in our approach to this Test.”
Jones’ provisional 45-man squad will meet at the Lensbury Hotel from August 6-8 and take part in training, planning meetings and individual reviews in preparation for the Autumn internationals against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia later in the year.
England will announce a final 45-man squad September 30 for the series opener against South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on November 12.