England add Billy Vunipola and Ollie Lawrence to training squad

Billy Vunipola underwent a surgery on his knee earlier in the year
Billy Vunipola underwent a surgery on his knee earlier in the year

England head coach Steve Borthwick has included Saracens' Billy Vunipola and Bath centre Ollie Lawrence to the 40-man training squad.

Vunipola and Lawrence have linked up with the squad at the Honda England Rugby Performance Centre following their rehabilitation from their respective knee injuries along with Sale Sharks prop Bevan Rodd.

Meanwhile, Borthwick has left out Gloucester front-row Val Rapoava-Ruskin and Harlequins' Cadan Murley have been dropped from the squad.

England will be facing Wales in a home and an away fixture on 5th and 12th August respectively following which they head to Dublin for a clash against Ireland on 19th August. Borthwick's men will end their preparation for the Rugby World Cup with an encounter against Fiji on 26th August.

England training squad:

Forwards: Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Theo Dan (Saracens), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins), Ben Earl (Saracens), Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears), Jamie George (Saracens), Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), George Martin (Leicester Tigers), Tom Pearson (Northampton Saints), David Ribbans (Toulon), Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks), Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears), Will Stuart (Bath Rugby), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Jack Willis (Toulouse), Tom Willis (Saracens)

Backs: Henry Arundell (Racing 92), Danny Care (Harlequins), Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby), Elliot Daly (Saracens), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Sale Sharks), Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby), Max Malins (Bristol Bears), Joe Marchant (Stade Francais), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers), Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks), Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers), Anthony Watson (unattached), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)