England Summer Tour and England Saxons Churchill Cup Squads
19 May 2009 11:58am
England squad announcement
Quins celebrate the inclusion of five players in Martin Johnson's England squad and one in the England Saxons.
Nick Easter, Danny Care, Chris Robshaw, David Strettle and Jordan Turner-Hall have all been announced in Martin Johnson's 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 Tom Guest in 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."
ENGLAND SUMMER TOUR SQUAD
Steffon Armitage (London Irish)
Steve Borthwick (Saracens) CAPTAIN
George Chuter (Leicester Tigers)
Jordan Crane (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)
Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers) Nick Easter (Harlequins)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (London Wasps)
Ben Kay (Leicester Tigers)
Nick Kennedy (London Irish)
Lewis Moody (Leicester Tigers)
Tim Payne (London Wasps)
Tom Rees (London Wasps) *Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) Steve Thompson (CA Brive)
Julian White (Leicester Tigers)
*David Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
*Nick Wood (Gloucester Rugby)
Delon Armitage (London Irish) Danny Care (Harlequins
Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Andy Goode (CA Brive) *Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins) Dan Hipkiss (Leicester Tigers)
Paul Hodgson (London Irish)
*Tom May (Newcastle Falcons)
Olly Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Jamie Noon (Newcastle Falcons) David Strettle (Harlequins)
Mathew Tait (Sale Sharks)
*Sam Vesty (Leicester Tigers)
Richard Wigglesworth (Sale Sharks)
*Denotes uncapped player
Players not considered for the England summer tour because of injury/medical reasons are: Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers), Tom Palmer (London Wasps), Paul Sackey (London Wasps), Mike Tindall (Gloucester Rugby) and Jonny Wilkinson (Newcastle Falcons).
Please note all players clubs are as stated for the 2008/09 season.
ENGLAND SAXONS CHURCHILL CUP SQUAD
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Corbiserio (London Irish)
Phil Dowson (Newcastle Falcons)
*David Flatman (Bath Rugby) Tom Guest (Harlequins)
Stuart Hooper (Bath Rugby)
*Chris Jones (Sale Sharks)
Tom Mercey (Saracens)
*Luke Narraway (Gloucester Rugby)
*Dean Schofield (Sale Sharks)
Peter Short (Bath Rugby)
Joe Ward (London Wasps)
Rob Webber (London Wasps)
Ben Woods (Leicester Tigers)
*Nick Abendanon (Bath Rugby)
Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Noah Cato (Saracens)
*Danny Cipriani (London Wasps)
*Shane Geraghty (London Irish)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Stephen Myler Northampton Saints)
Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
*Tom Varndell (Leicester Tigers)
Dominic Waldouck (London Wasps)
Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons)
* Denotes capped players
Players not considered for the England Saxons Churchill Cup because of injury/medical reasons are: Olly Barkley (Gloucester Rugby), Richard Blaze (Leicester Tigers), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Michael Lipman (Bath Rugby), Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors), David Paice (London Irish), Topsy Ojo (London Irish), Will Skinner (Harlequins), George Skivington (London Wasps) and James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester Rugby).
Tickets for England's match against the Barbarians on Saturday May 30 at Twickenham Stadium are available on a two for one special offer priced from £12.50 (offer ends midnight May 26) and are available by calling Ticketmaster on 0844 8472492 or by contacting www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
Tickets for Argentina v England for 'The Standard Bank Cup' at Old Trafford on Saturday June 6 are available priced from just £10 for adults via Ticketmaster or by calling Manchester United via 0161 868 8000 (option 9).
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.