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Ben and Tom Curry drafted into England squad

Sale Sharks back-rowers Tom and Ben Curry are the headline reinforcements for Steve Borthwick’s England squad preparing for the summer tour to Japan and New Zealand. 

Openside flanker Tom only made his Premiership return off the bench in Sale’s 31-23 defeat to Bath at the weekend, following a lengthy spell out with injury. Blindside flanker Ben also missed the World Cup through injury, however he was not selected for the Six Nations.

Joe Carpenter also earns a spot in the squad following impressive performances in Sale’s rise to the play-offs.

Fellow Sharks Bevan Rodd, George Ford, Tom Roebuck and Raffi Quirke also join the 33-man squad.

Elsewhere, Tom Willis makes a welcome return to the England squad for the first time since his debut against Wales. Fellow Saracens Jamie George, Theo Dan, Ben Earl, Nick Isiekwe, Maro Itoje all return.

There is no room for Elliot Daly in the squad.

Joe Marler and Dan Cole also return to the squad following their absences last week, however Guy Pepper has dropped out of the squad.

These players all join the current 19-man squad currently training at Pennyhill Park.

England 33-man-squad in full

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Forwards: Fin Baxter, Dan Cole, Chandler Cunningham-South, Ben Curry, Tom Curry, Theo Dan, Alex Dombrandt, Ben Earl, Greg Fisilau, Jamie George, Joe Heyes, Nick Isiekwe, Maro Itoje, Joe Marler, George Martin, Gabriel Oghre, Bevan Rodd, Ethan Roots, Rusi Tuima, Tom Willis

Backs: Charlie Atkinson, Joe Carpenter, Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, George Ford, Max Malins, Luke Northmore, Raffi Quirke, Harry Randall, Tom Roebuck, Henry Slade, Marcus Smith, Freddie Steward, Jack van Poortvliet

England’s Summer Series

England-Credit: IMAGO

Japan v England, Saturday 22 June, National Stadium, kick-off 6.50am BST (RugbyPass TV)

New Zealand v England, Saturday 6 July, Forsyth Barr Stadium, kick-off 8.05am BST (Sky Sports)

New Zealand v England, Saturday 13 July, Eden Park, kick-off 8.05am BST (Sky Sports)