Sam Burgess has been called into England’s training squad for the Rugby World Cup after barely half a year in the 15-man game following his switch from rugby league.
Winger Chris Ashton was recalled after missing the last two Six Nations, while 20-year-old forward Maro Itoje was one of five uncapped players to make the cut when coach Stuart Lancaster announced a 50-man group on Wednesday.
Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage failed to earn a call-up, despite his continued strong form for the reigning European champions, as Lancaster stuck to England’s policy of not picking overseas-based players.
The squad will be trimmed to 31 names on August 31.
Burgess began his union career in November and has played at centre and as a flanker, faring better in the back row.
He joined Bath after claiming an NRL title with South Sydney in 2014, the club’s first premiership in 43 years.