Tuesday, May 26, 2009

England prepare for Summer Tour

England Team Manager, Martin Johnson has announced a strong 34 man squad for England's 2009 summer tour, which includes matches against the Barbarians at Twickenham stadium on May 30 (kick off 4.15pm), Argentina at Old Trafford June 6 (kick off 4.00pm) and a return match with the Puma's in Salta on June 13.The three game series sees the return of RWC 2003 winners Steve Thompson (CA Brive) and Ben Kay (Leicester Tigers) and the inclusion of six uncapped players, David Wilson and Tom May, Newcastle Falcons, Jordan Turner-Hall and Chris Robshaw, Harlequins, Sam Vesty (Leicester Tigers) and Nick Wood (Gloucester Rugby). The England summer tour squad will be captained by Steve Borthwick (Saracens).England Team Manager Martin Johnson said "This is a very strong squad full of a mixture of experience and young talent. I'm sure that any of the uncapped players will take the step up from the Saxons to the senior test arena if they are given the opportunity. "I'm looking forward to all the games and the three day training camp this week, which will give us further invaluable time with the squad."Also confirmed today was the 26 man England Saxons squad who will be defending their Churchill Cup crown in Denver, Colorado. The squad features eight capped players including Luke Narraway, Danny Cipriani and Tom Varndell. England Saxons Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster said "We have a great balance of players in the squad with youth and experience. All of the players are looking forward to challenging themselves in Denver."The Churchill Cup is a massive stepping stone for players and we want to create an environment that encourages them to push for senior selection."There is no bigger honour than playing for your country and I know this group of players will embrace that and enjoy every minute."

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