Large English squad for tour

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 11 May 2012 at 08:57
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The RFU have selected a very large squad of 42 players to tour South Africa over the (English) summer, with the core of Stuart Lancaster’s Six Nations side retained.

It’s a bit of a strange move, one would think, to select quite so many players for a tour comprising only 5 matches; in the past, teams embarking on far longer tours, often involving 10 or more matches over nearly 2 months, have made do with a squad of 30 or so, so quite why so many men are being brought along on this jaunt is unclear. If anything, though, it does indicate that the financial situation of the game in England seems to be rosy (pun intended), which I guess is a good thing!

Flanker Chris Robshaw retains the captaincy, while there has been a recall for Highlanders man James Haskell, who’s now unlikely to play any further Super Rugby ahead of the tour due to a ban for punching. The real shock, though, is the reprieve handed to drunken scrumhalf Danny Care, who has been in repeated trouble with the law over the last few months after being unable to control his drinking. Recalling the troubled star to the test stage after he has shown absolutely zero remorse (or change in behaviour) after being stood down for the Six Nations series surely must send a very mixed message to the rest of the squad. We only hope that drunken bar brawls and late-night hotel-room trashings will not be a part of the memories of this tour.

Lancaster has included three South African-born players; Kearsney College boys Matt Stevens and Brad Barritt are there, along with Mouritz Botha. No fewer than 13 of the 42-man squad are uncapped at test level.

Here’s the full squad:

Backs: Anthony Allen (Leicester), Chris Ashton (Northampton), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Toby Flood (Leicester), Ben Foden (Northampton), Alex Goode (Saracens), Charlie Hodgson (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), George Lowe (Harlequins), Ugo Monye (Harlequins), David Strettle (Saracens), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester), Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins), Christian Wade (Wasps), Ben Youngs (Leicester)

Forwards: Mouritz Botha (Saracens), Dan Cole (Leicester), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Paul Doran-Jones (Northampton), Phil Dowson (Northampton), Carl Fearns (Bath), Joe Gray (Harlequins), Dylan Hartley (Northampton), James Haskell (Highlanders/NZL), Tom Johnson (Exeter), Graham Kitchener (Leicester) Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Lee Mears (Bath), Ben Morgan (Scarlets/WAL), Matt Mullan (Worcester), Tom Palmer (Stade Francais/FRA), Geoff Parling (Leicester), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt), George Robson (Harlequins), Matt Stevens (Saracens), Thomas Waldrom (Leicester), Tom Youngs (Leicester)


  • Good to see Brad Barrit.

    While I`ll probably never support england, well maybe against the bulls, I hope he goes well. One of my favourite sharks centers of all time.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.05.12 09:33:06 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • Christian Wade,the England u20 wing who ran over Jaco Taute at the JWC last year

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.05.12 11:04:04 by Ludz Reply


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