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• David Barnes, Richard Blaze and Courtney Lawes get contact-ups
• Martin Johnson praises England’s power in depth
The England group manager, Martin Johnson, has named three new faces in a 32-man squad. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Action Images
Three uncapped players have been named in the England squad for subsequent month’s internationals towards Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.
The Bath prop David Barnes, Leicester’s Richard Blaze and Northampton’s Courtney Lawes are integrated in Martin Johnson’s 32-gentleman squad for the trio of games. A plethora of accidents also indicates call-ups for Duncan Bell, Ben Foden, Shane Geraghty, Andy Goode, Lewis Moody, David Strettle, Steve Thompson and Richard Wigglesworth.
“We’ve had to make a number of adjustments to the squad since of injuries but we have strength in depth,” explained Johnson. “Each of the gamers coming in has the option to push on their own into contention for the match towards Australia on seven November.”
Steve Borthwick retains the captaincy. “Steve has been appointed captain and I’m confident he will continue to do an excellent job,” mentioned Johnson.
England squad for the autumn internationals
Forwards: S Armitage (London Irish), D Barnes (Bath), D Bell (Bath), R Blaze (Leicester), S Borthwick (Saracens, captain), G Chuter (Leicester), J Crane (Leicester), T Croft (Leicester), L Deacon (Leicester), D Hartley (Northampton), J Haskell (Stade Français), B Kay (Leicester), C Lawes (Northampton), L Moody (Leicester), T Payne (Wasps), S Thompson (Brive), D Wilson (Bath), J Worsley (Wasps).
Backs: M Banahan (Bath), D Care (Harlequins), M Cueto (Sale), B Foden (Northampton), S Geraghty (Northampton), A Goode (Brive), D Hipkiss (Leicester), P Hodgson (London Irish), U Monye (Harlequins), D Strettle (Harlequins), M Tait (Sale), M Tindall (Gloucester) R Wigglesworth (Sale), J Wilkinson (Toulon).
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