New Zealand-born Jason Woodward included in England training squad

Jason Woodward, the New Zealand‑born full-back who joined Bristol from the Hurricanes last autumn, has been included in an England training squad that will gather on Tuesday for a strength and conditioning camp.

Woodward, who spent two years with the Rebels in Melbourne but left before he qualified to play for the Wallabies on residency to have a tilt at the All Blacks, is one of nine players in the 20 who will gather in Teddington but are not in the squad for the summer tour to Argentina.

Eddie Jones, the England head coach, was unable to consider players from the four clubs who are involved in the Premiership play-offs along with those from Gloucester, who on Friday night face Stade Français in the final of the European Challenge Cup in Edinburgh, and Northampton, who will be involved in a play-off for a place in next season’s Champions Cup if Gloucester lose.

Woodward has a year on his contract left with Bristol but it is believed to contain a release clause and he has been linked with a move to Gloucester. A year in the Championship would hinder his England ambitions, with Jones saying this year that he is looking for competition for Mike Brown at full-back.

Jones ruled out Woodward before the start of the Six Nations Championship, saying that he was looking for a player with explosive pace and citing two three‑quarters, Anthony Watson and Elliot Daly, as potential alternatives, but the 26-year-old stood out for Bristol in a season that ended with relegation and he has played in the centre and on the wing.