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Stuart Lancaster names England squad

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England have an exciting year ahead of themselves and with time running out Stuart Lancaster recently named a 55-man squad for a summer training session ahead of their Autumn Internationals.

This training session with be based around strength and conditioning, as Stuart Lancaster has chosen a group of players who he believes could represent England in next years' prestigious Six Nations and World Cup.

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Stuart Lancaster

But with a majority of players unable to make the cut, everyone will need to impress in this short period of time or display determination throughout the season to feature in autumn.

Lancaster is confident in his team, and speaking to the Premiership rugby website indicated this squad will have the chance to review their June series against New Zealand before they play the All Blacks again in November.

"This camp will give us a chance to get the wider squad together and an opportunity to review the New Zealand tour," Lancaster said.

"It will be an important few days for us in terms of complementing the work that the clubs have been doing in pre-season with their strength and conditioning but also from a rugby point of view. The next time we meet will be two weeks before we play New Zealand in the QBE Internationals so this time together is vital."

New Zealand

In June England were subject to a demolition job at the hands of New Zealand, as Steve Hansen's men took Lancaster's side to pieces in all three test matches, signifying their dominance in the summer.

But in November England will take on the All Blacks once more at Twickenham, and will be looking to regain confidence and produce a repeat of 2012 when England excelled to beat the reigning world champions 38-21.

It will take more than one training session however to understand who deserves a place in the November series, but Lancaster will have already distinguished who stood out in June and who will need more time proving to the head coach why they deserve a place.

55-man squad

The 55-man squad is full of talented players along with a number of new faces who'll want to impress, as it seems Lancaster has given everyone a chance to take part in ths training session.

Regulars like Chris Robshaw, Alex Corbisiero, Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell all feature in the chosen 55 along with new faces including Anthony Watson, Henry Trinder and Ed Slater.

The players will understand that the Aviva Premiership kicks off next week, and that they shouldn't push themselves to the limit but understand the year ahead is one they cannot afford to miss.

It may help to take a strong team to play against New Zealand, but it wouldn't hurt to bring in a number of fresh faces to make their first cap and see how they fair against the best team in the world.

Lancaster has a very tough decision choosing from these 55 players and it isn't one that can be decided over a week; the season is long and tiring and it will be up to the best players to put these emotions to one side and display their best skills throughout a vigorous campaign.

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