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Former Horsham players Launchbury and Twelvetrees named in England’s Elite squad

England's Joe Launchbury during a training session at Pennyhill Park Hotel, Bagshot, Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 22, 2012. England face South Africa in their QBE International on Saturday. See PA Story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

England's Joe Launchbury during a training session at Pennyhill Park Hotel, Bagshot, Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 22, 2012. England face South Africa in their QBE International on Saturday. See PA Story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Two former Horsham Rugby Club players have been named in the January 2013 England Elite Player squad.

Wasps ace Launchbury, who captained Christ’s Hospital and appeared for both Barns Green and Horsham, and Gloucester man Twelvetrees, who came through the juinior ranks at Pulborough and Horsham are in coach Stuart Lancaster’s 33-man squad, which will go on to compete in the Six Nations.

The pair are joined by Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby), Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (London Wasps), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), David Strettle (Saracens), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby) and Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “The fact that we have spent significant time deliberating over quite a few players shows how tough the competition is to get into this swuad and the strength in depth that is emerging. We have made some changes to both squads and we feel that reflects the players’ form during the first half of the season. There will undoubtedly be movement between the two squads as we go through the RBS 6 Nations and that was evident in the QBE Internationals, with players in form pushing through such as Freddie Burns, Joe Launchbury, Tom Youngs and Mako Vunipola.

“This is a very important year for England, with the Six Nations and the Saxons games to look forward to so there are some great opportunities for the players to demonstrate their club form at international level. The summer tour to Argentina will also be a great chance for those players pushing for a place, especially with some of our Senior squad hopefully going with the Lions, and chances will undoubtedly arise as we hope to play two midweek games as well as the two Tests.”

Squad: Forwards

Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)

Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)

Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)

Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)

James Haskell (London Wasps)

Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)

Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

Joe Marler (Harlequins)

Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)

Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)

Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)

Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)

David Wilson (Bath Rugby)

Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Backs

Chris Ashton (Saracens)

Brad Barritt (Saracens)

Mike Brown (Harlequins)

Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)

Danny Care (Harlequins)

Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)

Owen Farrell (Saracens)

Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)

Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)

Alex Goode (Saracens)

Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)

David Strettle (Saracens)

Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)

Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

 

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