England call up Geraghty, Morgan, Tindall, Palmer and Fourie

England are currently reviewing a number of injuries to squad members and have called up several replacements.

Toby Flood is being reviewed today by the England medical team for a knock that he took on his head playing for Leicester Tigers in the Guinness Premiership and Shane Geraghty has been called up as a precaution.

Olly Morgan has also been included as cover for Delon Armitage who is recovering from his rib injury sustained in England’s match against Ireland.

Dan Hipkiss and Simon Shaw have both been ruled out of the Scotland game, and they are replaced by Mike Tindall and Tom Palmer respectively.

Dan Ward-Smith is being reviewed today regarding an MCL knee injury he sustained at the weekend and Leeds flanker, Hendre Fourie, has been called up as a precaution. The 30-year-old has just been awarded the Gatorade Performance of the Month award for his efforts against Wasps in February, and has been spearheading Leeds’ efforts to avoid relegation in recent weeks.

The team for Saturday will be announced at 12pm tomorrow, and we’ll have it on The Rugby Blog as soon as we know it.

8 thoughts on “England call up Geraghty, Morgan, Tindall, Palmer and Fourie

  1. So foden will again be denied a starting spot by the looks of it. Can’t say I completely disagree but it does seem pretty harsh on the guy.

    Don’t know anything about fairies apart from the rugby club piece on jim last week – anyone rate our pseudo-saffer friend?

  2. I still think Foden would get the starting slot ahead of Morgan – at least I hope so! I guess Morgan is just in as cover and might get a spot on the bench.

    I like the look of Fourie, but can’t see him featuring at the weekend. I’m not sure why they need cover for a player that gets sent home every week anyway…

  3. No Johnston will stick Cuato at full back and morgan will cover the 10/12 with a plan to put Tait on the wing. Foden will get ten minutes not to have a chance of making an impact.

  4. Fourie is an amzing ball carrier and dogged player, never seems to put a foot wrong for Leeds. He’s an absolute unit and despite being as English as Nelson Mandella I’d have him at least on the bench. As much as it pains me to say it, I don’t think Haskell’s doing enough!

  5. I fully expect Tindall to be straight back in, and Foden to start.


    Reps: Hodgson, Geraghty, Tait

    I would like to see Hodgson start, might be a possibility.

  6. Yes, I’m a fan of Fourie too. Not only does he currently play under Backy at Leeds, he’s very much the same style of player. He’s pretty small but he makes up for it by putting himself about and is very aggressive at the breakdown and a very useful defender too.

    I still think Backy is one of our most missed players that we’ve struggled to replace so I really welcome the thought of Fourie coming in to the squad, but I agree that I don’t think he has any real chance of figuring in the 22. That would be far too bold.

    Flood’s injury sounds nasty – you can’t be too careful with head injuries so I think he should take the rest of the 6 Nations off, just to be on the safe side!

  7. I agree Rob – I reckon Backy is arguably THE biggest missing player. The way he used to secure, steal and disrupt ball was phenomenal, just what we’ve been missing. Also, the pace and power with which he hit the rucks was frightening – not the ambling forwards we seem to have at the moment. If Faurie’s cut from the same cloth then get him in.

    Interesting comment from BOD in the Sunday times this week – most feared player he played against was Richard Hill. I don’t think any of us will truly appreciate what an amazing unsung job Hilly did for the team.

  8. Not an England fan, but good to see Geraghty in the squad. I feel like he is always overlooked, and with England’s problems with flyhalf (and perhaps a good run of form from him) he could take a chance in the next few months

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