England Saxons Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster has drafted in four players (including Quins' Mark Lambert) into his 27 man squad prior to their departure today for the Churchill Cup in Denver, Colorado.
Mark Lambert (Harlequins) replaces Alex Corbisiero (London Irish) who has a knee injury and Matt Smith (Leicester Tigers) replaces Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby) who was called up to England's summer tour squad for the two test series with Argentina after the withdrawal of David Strettle (Harlequins) yesterday.
Alex Goode (Saracens) has an ankle injury and will not travel to Denver while Neil Briggs (Sale Sharks) has been added to the squad.
England Saxons Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said "Neil Briggs has been added to the squad as cover because Joe Ward has a calf injury and Nick Kennedy will continue his rehab with the Saxons with a view to proving his match fitness in the next couple of weeks.
"We have trained well this morning ahead of travelling to Denver this afternoon and we're looking forward to opening our defence of the Churchill Cup against the Argentina Jaguars on Saturday."
ENGLAND SAXONS SQUAD
Neil Briggs (Sale Sharks)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Phil Dowson (Newcastle Falcons)
David Flatman (Bath Rugby)* Tom Guest (Harlequins)
Stuart Hooper (Bath Rugby)
Chris Jones (Sale Sharks)*
Nick Kennedy (London Irish)* Mark Lambert (Harlequins)
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)*
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Noah Cato (Saracens)
Danny Cipriani (London Wasps)*
Shane Geraghty (London Irish)*
Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)
Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
Matt Smith (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Varndell (Leicester Tigers)*
Dominic Waldouck (London Wasps)
Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons)
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.