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Tigers quartet included in England get-together

England head coach Eddie Jones has selected four Leicester Tigers players in his squad for a New Year training camp.

Ben Youngs, Jonny May, George Ford and Dan Cole will join the squad in Brighton on Monday for a two-day camp as England begin preparations for the NatWest 6 Nations which starts with a fixture against Italy in Rome on February 4.

Jones said: “This camp in Brighton is important for us to set the tone as a squad ahead of the Six Nations. Brighton will provide a great base to begin our preparations with players coming away with a clear plan for our opening match of the campaign against Italy.”

Bath’s 23-year-old prop Beno Obano and Newcastle Falcons flanker Gary Graham receive their first call-ups into the England squad.

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) will miss the camp for personal reasons.

An England squad for the Six Nations tournament will be announced on January 18 before the squad departs for a week’s training camp in Portugal.

England training squad for Brighton camp:
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Nathan Earle (Saracens)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Piers Francis (Northampton Saints)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins) *
Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (Wasps)
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens)
Maro Itoje (Saracens) 
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) *
Beno Obano (Bath Rugby)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs) 
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs) 

*apprentice players