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England head coach Eddie Jones has selected a 34-man training squad to take part in a new year training camp in Brighton for two days from January 1.

The camp will be used to begin preparations for England’s opening match of the Six Nations against Italy on February 4 in Rome.

Bath prop Beno Obano, 23, and Newcastle Falcons’ openside flanker Gary Graham receive their first call ups into the England squad.

“This camp in Brighton is important for us to set the tone as a squad ahead of the Six Nations,” said Jones.

“We will need to improve if we are to hunt down our opponents and beat them. This tournament will be exciting and challenging as we know we will play against some very strong teams.

“Brighton will provide a great base to begin our preparations with players coming away with a clear plan for our opening match of the campaign against Italy.”

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) will miss the camp for personal reasons.

An England squad for the Six Nations tournament will be announced on Thursday January 18 before the squad departs for a week’s training camp in Portugal three days later. England has won the last two tournaments including the Grand Slam in 2016.

England training squad for Brighton camp:

Backs

Mike Brown (Harlequins), Nathan Earle (Saracens), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Marcus Smith (Harlequins) *, Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

Forwards

Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons), James Haskell (Wasps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) *, Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Beno Obano (Bath Rugby), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs).

*Apprentice players

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