Owen Farrell Joe Marler the shock inclusion in England’s pre-World Cup training squad

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Owen Farrell Joe Marler the shock inclusion in England’s 38-man Rugby World Cup training squad as prop comes out international retirement

  • Joe Marler retired from international duty with England a year ago
  • He comes out of retirement despite Mako Vunipola’s injury improving
  • Danny Cipriani is also included in Eddie Jones’ 38-man squad
  • Jones will trim down his squad to 31 for World Cup on August 12

By Chris Foy For Mailonline

Published:12:40 BST, 4 July 2019|Updated:14:15 BST, 4 July 2019

Joe Marler is the shock inclusion in England’s Rugby World Cup training squad after being lured out of Test retirement to join preparations for the tournament in Japan.

The 28-year-old Harlequins prop is among 38 players named on Thursday by head coach Eddie Jones, along with the contingents from Premiership finalists Saracens and Exeter, who have finished their rest periods. 

It was widely expected that Marler would only be called upon in the event of an emergency, but instead he has been selected despite the latest indications being that Mako Vunipola, the country’s leading loosehead, being on course for a prompt return from hamstring surgery. 

Prop Joe Marler is a shock inclusion in England’s pre-World Cup training camp

England World Cup training squad 

PROPS (7):Dan Cole, Ellis Genge, Joe Marler, Ben

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