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Ex-Shark in England squad

2012-01-11 15:20

London - England coach Stuart Lancaster picked nine uncapped players on Wednesday including Owen Farrell in a rejuvenated 32-man squad for rugby's Six Nations.

With Jonny Wilkinson among those to have retired from international rugby since England's poor World Cup campaign, Lancaster drafted in the young Saracens flyhalf in a group showing 15 changes to the last elite squad picked in August.

Lancaster also called up South Africa's Brad Barritt, Lee Dickson, Calum Clark, Ben Morgan, Jordan Turner-Hall, Phil Dowson, Joe Marler and Rob Webber in an inexperienced squad.

Former Sharks centre Barritt played for the Durban-based team from 2006-2008 before joining the current English champions.

The RFU announced the squad with the 20-year-old Farrell referred to as a center, hinting that he could start England's February 4 opener at Scotland in midfield because of a lack of options in the position.

Manu Tuilagi is in the squad but injured, former captain Mike Tindall has been dropped and Shontayne Hape was also omitted.

With first-choice No 10 Toby Flood injured, Charlie Hodgson has been recalled and could be in line for his first appearance since the World Cup warmups against Wales.

Lancaster is yet to pick a captain.

Fullback Delon Armitage, one of the successes of Martin Johnson's 3-year tenure as team manager, was dropped to the second-tier Saxons squad.

England 32-man elite player squad:

Forwards: Mouritz Botha, Calum Clark, Alex Corbisiero, Dan Cole, Tom Croft, Louis Deacon, Phil Dowson, Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Lee Mears, Ben Morgan, Tom Palmer, Chris Robshaw, Matt Stevens, Rob Webber, David Wilson, Tom Wood

Backs: Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Mike Brown, Lee Dickson, Owen Farrell, Toby Flood, Ben Foden, Charlie Hodgson, Joe Simpson, Charlie Sharples, David Strettle, Manusamoa Tuilagi, Jordan Turner-Hall, Ben Youngs

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Comments
  • Piet - 2012-01-11 15:58

    overrated anyway

      Gungets - 2012-01-11 18:20

      Nonsense. He was unfortunate to be around at the time when De Villiers and Jaque Fourie were at their best and we had a lot of good players. It was also just before defence started being the key to rugby. He is one of the best defenders around.

      Deon - 2012-01-11 19:40

      oh go on piet......wake up! to make it in the english premiership, and then perform remarkably is a feat you'd love to even dream of!

  • Craig - 2012-01-11 18:27

    We are gonna regret losing him............... Piet when last did you last take a tackle in a test match?

  • Tokozaan - 2012-01-12 08:19

    Happy and sad, he's a loss for the country but good for him on making England's team, long time coming this

  • Paul - 2012-01-12 09:23

    when u go black, u never go back. once a shark always a shark

  • Rabin - 2012-01-12 11:08

    Until racism is taken out of sport in terms of the selection processes for coaches and players, the UK will always benefit from gaining players such as Brad Barrit (one of the best defensive centres Sarries has ever had), Jonathan Trott, everyone's favourite Kevin Pietersen, etc etc. Similar racist policies are also the reason you are losing doctors, nurses, radiographers and dentists by the hundreds (yes, hundreds) that are moving over here annually. But we're quite happy to have them, they are probably among the best in the world. And before some small minded idiot calls me racist, my dentist happens to be a Dlamini from KZN - and he's the best I've ever had. So it's not only whites moving over here. It's all races.

  • richard.joffe - 2012-01-16 16:44

    Rabin soo many british people from uk moving here whats your point people move all the time.

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