England call up four new players

England have added the following players to their squad as cover for injured players:

Tom Wood (Northampton Saints) for Hendrie Fourie (Leeds Carnegie)
Dan Ward-Smith (London Wasps) for Simon Shaw (London Wasps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins) for David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Brad Barritt (Saracens) for Riki Flutey (London Wasps)

Hendrie Fourie (bruised rib), Simon Shaw (calf), David Wilson (sore back) and Riki Flutey (calf strain) will all continue to be treated and assessed by the England medical team in consultation with the medics from their clubs. Further details will be announced at the appropriate time.

UPDATE: We’ve also just heard that Charlie Hodgson has also been called up after Jonny Wilkinson complained of soreness in his shoulder. We’re hoping it’s precautionary!

7 thoughts on “England call up four new players

  1. Interesting to see Barritt called up as centre cover – Geraghty and Barkley might have had a look in, but I’m quite a fan of Barritt and he probably suits England’s style more than Geraghty.

    DWS seems to be regarded as a lock now, which I’m not convinced about, but otherwise, can’t complain at Wood and Marler being involved. Top players and should be heavily involved in the future.

  2. Dan Ward-Smith – AT LAST!! I’d like to see Dan get some match time and then hit the 6 Nations running. I am very looking forward to the next 6 moths of pre-world cup rugby for England.

  3. alll good inclusions, tom wood looks really handy.

    Has anyone seen Tom Johnson playing for Exeter Chiefs? hes one hell of a beast, where did he come from!

  4. Well, I’d been telling folks that I saw Joe as someone who would feature for England in maybe 3 to 4 years time. It’s hard to believe when you look at him that “The Thing From The Swamp” only just turned 20! I just hope for his, Harlequins, and Englands sake that he is allowed to develop properly, rather than rushed into the squad. He could be one of the backbone of a seriously strong England pack in a few years if he keeps injuries to a minimum and continues to develop his game

  5. Agree with you Fred, Marler is definitely a bright talent for the future. I think this call-up should benefit him though…unlikely to get much game time, but being in and around the squad can’t hurt, and should stand him in good stead when he does get a cap.

    He’d be pretty handy off the bench this autumn, particularly against the Aussie scrum!

  6. I was disappointed to hear Dowson not getting the call up. I watch Saints week in week out and truely believe that tactically he would benefit the squad – his reading of the opposition is elite compared to most other players. Has Dows done something in a previous life to upset the forwards coach?!?! What will it take to get him a cap? Think he should be given a chance to prove himself.

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