England in SA

Dowson forced out by injury

2012-06-15 12:22
Phil Dowson (AFP)

Johannesburg - England have been forced to make a late change to their replacements for the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday, with loose forward Phil Dowson ruled out due to injury.

Dowson is suffering from a tight hamstring after Thursday's training session and the medical staff decided to withdraw him from the match 22, England said in a statement on Friday.

Dowson's place amongst the replacements is taken by the uncapped, New Zealand-born Thomas Waldrom, who was the man-of-the-match in the midweek victory over the Southern Barbarians in Kimberley.

The 29-year-old former Hurricanes and Crusaders player showed exactly the sort of power and physicality that England will need against the Springboks if they are to keep the three-Test series alive on Saturday, after losing the first 22-17 in Durban last weekend.

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