England call up Phil Dowson

Martin Johnson has sent for the England Saxons captain Phil Dowson after Hendrie Fourie suffered an injury against the Australian Barbarians.

Many of us on The Rugby Blog thought that the Northampton flanker should have been in the elite squad from the beginning, so whilst it’s a shame that Fourie is injured, this is pretty good news.

Hopefully, Dowson will be selected for the midweek game next week, and then push for a spot on the bench at least against New Zealand.

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  1. Test team for saturday – just announced

    15 Ben Foden
    14 Mark Cueto
    13 Mike Tindall
    12 Shontayne Hape
    11 Chris Ashton
    10 Toby Flood
    9 Danny Care
    1 Tim Payne
    2 Steve Thompson
    3 Dan Cole
    4 Simon Shaw
    5 Tom Palmer
    6 Tom Croft
    7 Lewis Moody (C)
    8 Nick Easter


    16 George Chuter
    17 David Wilson
    18 Courtney Lawes
    19 James Haskell
    20 Ben Youngs
    21 Jonny Wilkinson
    22 Mathew Tait

    Have to say, I quite like this team. Not exactly the team I would have picked, but if they play as well as they did in the first 40mins of the Ba’s Ba’s game, then we could be in for a great game. Feel especially sorry for Golding and DWS not to even get a bench place. Will be interesting to see if Dowson is even given a chance to prove himself when he joins up with the team, or if he hass simply been called up to get a sun tan

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