Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi was missing from England’s 34-man Six Nations training squad announced Friday.
Tuilagi has only recently returned to action following a three-month lay-off due to knee surgery but has been overlooked by England head coach Eddie Jones for a two-day camp in Brighton in the new year
The 26-year-old was dismissed from England’s training camp in August in disgrace after undertaking a late night drinking session, although Denny Solomona, also sent home after that incident, has been included in this trip which starts on New Year’s Day.
England’s squad for the Six Nations will be announced on January 18, before the squad departs for a week’s training camp in Portugal three days later.
England have won the last two Six Nations, including the Grand Slam in 2016.
England training squad for Brighton camp:
Forwards: Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby) Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby) Jamie George (Saracens) Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons) Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) James Haskell (Wasps) Nick Isiekwe (Saracens) Maro Itoje (Saracens) Joe Launchbury (Wasps) Joe Marler (Harlequins) Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) * Beno Obano (Bath Rugby) Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs) Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins) Billy Vunipola (Saracens) Mako Vunipola (Saracens) Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs).
Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins) Danny Care (Harlequins) Nathan Earle (Saracens) Owen Farrell (Saracens) George Ford (Leicester Tigers) Piers Francis (Northampton Saints) Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby) Jonny May (Leicester Tigers) Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) *Marcus Smith (Harlequins) Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks) Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors) Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby) Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)