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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 July, 2004, 16:49 GMT 17:49 UK
RFU names elite squad
England coach Sir Clive Woodward
Woodward can call up any of the 59 elite players for England training
The Rugby Football Union has named 59 players in their elite England squad for the forthcoming season.

The squad consists of 40 senior players - including 24 from the World Cup-winning group - 15 senior national academy and four sevens players.

Among the youngsters are Newcastle's 18-year-old centre Mathew Tait and Wasps' 19-year-old flanker Tom Rees.

Every player receives a playing and rest programme and can only play 32 matches for club and country.

As part of the agreement, players can be called up for a total of 16 training days in addition to the recognised international weeks for each of the next three years leading up to the next World Cup.

"Together with the Zurich Premiership we now have a three-year strategy in place that will manage the elite programme through to the 2007 World Cup.

"That is something we could not have achieved without the continued support of our top clubs," said the RFU's performance director Chris Spice.

ELITE PLAYER SQUAD 2004-2005 SENIOR SQUAD ABBOTT, Stuart (Wasps), BALSHAW, Iain (Leeds), BORTHWICK, Steve (Bath), BROWN, Alex (Gloucester), CHUTER George (Leicester), COHEN, Ben (Northampton), CORRY, Martin (Leicester), DALLAGLIO, Lawrence (Wasps), DAWSON, Matt (Wasps), FLATMAN, David (Bath), GOMARSALL, Andy (Gloucester), GREENWOOD, Will (Harlequins), GREWCOCK, Danny (Bath), HAZELL, Andy (Gloucester), HILL, Richard (Saracens), HODGSON, Charlie (Sale), KAY, Ben (Leicester), KING, Alex (Wasps), LEWSEY, Josh (Wasps), LUGER, Dan (Perpignan), MOODY, Lewis (Leicester), NOON, Jamie (Newcastle), PAUL, Henry (Gloucester), REGAN, Mark (Leeds Tykes), ROBINSON, Jason (Sale), ROWNTREE, Graham (Leicester), SANDERSON, Alex (Saracens), SCARBROUGH, Dan (Saracens), SHAW, Simon (Wasps), SIMPSON-DANIEL, James (Gloucester), THOMPSON, Steve (Northampton), TINDALL, Mike (Bath), TITTERRELL, Andy (Sale), VICKERY, Phil (Gloucester), VYVYAN, Hugh (Saracens), WHITE, Julian (Leicester), WILKINSON, Jonny (Newcastle), WOODMAN, Trevor (Sale), WORSLEY, Joe (Wasps), WORSLEY, Mike (Harlequins).

SENIOR NATIONAL ACADEMY BARKLEY, Olly (Bath), CHRISTOPHERS, Phil (Leeds), DEACON, Louis (Leicester), ELLIS, Harry (Leicester), FORRESTER, James (Gloucester), JONES, Chris (Sale), PALMER, Tom (Leeds), REES, Tom (Wasps), SHERIDAN, Andy (Sale), SKINNER, Will (Leicester), SMITH, Ollie (Leicester), STEVENS, Matt (Bath), STUART-SMITH, Clive (Worcester), TAIT, Mathew (Newcastle), VOYCE, Tom - (Wasps).

SEVENS DOWSON, Phil (Newcastle), HAUGHTON, Richard (Saracens), MONYE, Ugo (Harlequins), SANDERSON, Pat (Worcester).

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