Spencer omitted from England training squad ahead of autumn fixtures

Ben Spencer has been omitted from England’s latest training squad ahead of a busy autumn schedule.

The former Saracens man has enjoyed a tremendous season for Bath, who reached the Premiership semi-finals before suffering a 35-6 defeat to Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park last weekend.

However, Spencer – who has earned four senior international caps during his career to date – was not included in a second 26-man squad named by England that includes players from the beaten Premiership semi-finalists and will embark on another three days of training from Thursday (October 15) until Saturday at The Lensbury in London.

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Instead, Jones is set to continue with Ben Youngs, Willi Heinz and Alex Mitchell as his available scrum-halves as the squad prepare for their delayed Six Nations clash against Italy in Rome on October 31.

While Spencer is left out, uncapped Bath team-mates Beno Obano and Tom de Glanville have both been called up by Jones, while Charlie Ewels, Jonathan Joseph, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill and Anthony Watson – along with props Joe Marler and Mako Vunipola – join camp for “reconditioning”.

In-form Worcester centre Ollie Lawrence is also in the squad.

Before facing Italy, England – who are without Sale centre Manu Tuilagi due to a serious Achilles injury – meet a Barbarians outfit in the uncapped Quilter Cup at Twickenham on October 25, while November brings matches against Georgia, Ireland and Wales as part of the newly-created Autumn Nations Cup.

“We had a good three day camp last week working on the basics and developing our cohesion as a group,” said Jones.

“This week the focus is to raise the standard as we continue our preparation for the Italy game.”

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