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Billy Vunipola among 25 players retained for Ireland

05 February 2013

  • Uncapped Billy Vunipola among 25 retained by Stuart Lancaster
  • Wasps No.8 took part in first training session today
London Wasps No.8 Billy Vunipola, who is retained by Stuart Lancaster to prepare for Ireland in Dublin

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Uncapped Billy Vunipola is among 25 players retained by Stuart Lancaster to continue preparations for the RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.

The London Wasps No.8, who has beaten more defenders than anyone else this season in the Aviva Premiership, had been suffering from an ankle injury but has recovered sufficiently to take part both rugby sessions at Pennyhill Park today.

With the squad due to travel on Friday afternoon, the England Head Coach has also opted keep Leicester Tigers No.8 Thomas Waldrom, with starter against Scotland, Ben Morgan, remaining with the group for treatment on his ankle injury.

England will name their match day 23 for the Ireland match at 10.15am on Friday, when you can watch an exclusive interview with Lancaster explaining who he has selected.

England Senior training squad (25)

Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (London Wasps)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
David Strettle (Saracens)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Billy Vunipola (London Wasps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

The following players (7) have been released to their Aviva Premiership clubs this evening:

Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Will Fraser (Saracens)
Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)
Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)