England duo Ollie Lawrence and Jack Walker sustain injuries during training

England head coach Steve Borthwick
England head coach Steve Borthwick

England have been dealt a double blow during their Rugby World Cup preparations with Ollie Lawrence and Jack Walker sustaining injuries during a training session.

Lawrence sustained a knee injury while Walker is recovering from a calf injury.

Both the players are set to be sidelined for a period of six weeks but is expected to be fit for the showpiece event in France with their campaign kicking off against Argentina on 9th September.

The news follows after head coach Steve Borthwick announced his second training squad which still does not include players from Premiership finals Sale Sharks and winners Saracens.

Ben Spencer, Harry Randall and Ollie Hassell-Collins were missing from the selection after being part of the first squad.

"After an excellent first week's training, we are very much looking forward to being in Brighton," Borthwick said.

"We're pleased to welcome players from Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers who can now start to integrate themselves into the group, and we look forward to players from Sale Sharks and Saracens joining us in a fortnight.

"The first phase of our preparation continues to focus on ensuring the players are physically equipped for what we need to do in a World Cup campaign. That means the training will be tough and purposeful. The players are rising to the challenge.

"We'll work hard again this week, and we'll enjoy some time together off the field too -- which is also an important part of our preparation."