BATH back-row forward and former Worcester Warriors captain Ted Hill has been included in Steve Borthwick's 28-man England training squad ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

Having been overlooked in the past couple of years by ex-head coach Eddie Jones, Borthwick has picked Hill for the first training week of the summer that begins today (Monday 12 June) at Pennyhill Park.

Hill, who was forced to leave Worcester as a result of their financial problems back in September 2022, has enjoyed a stellar season with new club Bath and he was named as Forward of the Season at The Rec and his performances in the 22/23 campaign. 

Hill is joined in the camp by former Worcester Academy product Ollie Lawrence, who has also been in fine form in the 22/23 season, winning the Premiership Player of the Year.

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The squad, which does not include players from Gallagher Premiership semi-finalists, Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks, and Saracens, assembled in Bagshot on Monday 12 June as England begin their preparations for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France which starts in early-September.  

"We are excited to get into camp and begin the first phase of our preparations," said Borthwick.  

"The World Cup is full of top-quality teams and high-quality players, and we’re relishing the challenge in front of us. That all starts today at Pennyhill Park.

"We have lots to get through before our first Summer Series fixture in August against Wales in Cardiff, so the hard work starts now. We are looking forward to it."

England’s Summer Series matches begin against Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday 5 August (kick off 5.30pm), with a return fixture at Twickenham Stadium scheduled a week later on Saturday 12 August (kick off 5.30pm).

England then travel to Dublin to face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 19 August (kick off 5.30pm), before returning to Twickenham Stadium to play Fiji on Saturday 26 August (kick off 3.15pm).