Thomas Waldrom flies out to join England squad in NZ

Leicester Tigers No 8 Thomas Waldrom will fly out from England tonight (Monday) as precautionary cover for Nick Easter who continues to have treatment on his back.

Waldrom, part of the extended Rugby World Cup Preliminary Squad, will arrive in New Zealand on Wednesday (September 21). He is not an official replacement for Andrew Sheridan.

England Team Manager Martin Johnson said: “Nick Easter is still suffering from a sore back so we will be bringing Thomas out as temporary cover. We’ve obviously spoken to Leicester and Thomas will be flying later today.”

The selection of Waldrom comes as a surprise given that he was one of the first to be cut from the England squad, but has been called out ahead of Hendre Fourie who is injured, and Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw.

What do you make of Waldrom being called up?

5 thoughts on “Thomas Waldrom flies out to join England squad in NZ

  1. Could you remind us of the rules? Can he play the Romania game, giving Easter a break, and then step out of the team again? If so, it seems like a win all-round (especially for Sarries).

  2. Why did he rush that decision, and then delay the decision on Sheridan’s replacement? Slightly confused there.

    I think there are players more deserving than Waldrom of being in the side, but Waldrom offers something different. He has a good line-breaking game and good offloads and could be the spark needed on field to ignite the backs.

  3. I vaguely feel that Waldrom should have been out there in the first place. I think Nick Easter is an obvious first choice at 8, but I think Waldrom is the only other player I think of as a number 8 (although he covers 6 and 7 well). I’d certainly rate him above Haskell. I think he has what England need, pace, good going forwards or backwards, line breaking, power and carrying ability. Couple that with his backrow versatility, I thought he woul’ve been exactly what Johnson wanted.

    As a replacement under the rules, if he plays Romania, England would have to name him as someone’s replacement. In turn, he could only be replaced if injured.

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