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.
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