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13 uncapped players named in England squad
Posted May 26, 2011 by Chris White
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England Head of Elite Player Development Stuart Lancaster has gone for a youthful approach, naming a total of 13 uncapped players in his squad to play the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.
The 24-man squad, which will be captained by Luke Narraway of Gloucester, is a good blend of youth and experience as the curtain comes down on the 2010/11 season, with Leicester and Saracens players unavailable due to the Premiership final the day before, Johnson has rung the changes with the World Cup on the horizon.
With plenty of opportunities for players to force their way into Johnson’s plans for the World Cup, there are also the fallback opportunities available with the England Saxons squad’s Churchill Cup defence.
Joe Marler, Joe Gray, Henry Trinder, Tom Johnson and Kieran Brookes are among the newcomers to the squad, with the experiences heads of Charlie Hodgson, James Simpson-Daniel, Ugo Monye and Matt Banahan all in the squad.
The key name in the Barbarians squad is Willie Mason, who will be playing in his first Union match, having switched codes from Super League side Hull KR to Toulon. The squad consists of players from 12 different countries, including Georgian Davit Kubriashvili and Norwegian Erik Lund.
The England squad in full:
Forwards: Dave Attwood (Gloucester), Kieran
Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), Paul Doran-Jones
(Gloucester), Carl Fearns (Sale Sharks), James Gaskell (Sale Sharks), Joe Gray
(Harlequins), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Graham Kitchener (Worcester
Warriors), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Matthew Mullan (Worcester Warriors), Luke
Narraway (Gloucester), David Paice (London Irish).
Backs: Matt Banahan (Bath), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Rory Clegg (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Paul Hodgson (London Irish), Charlie Hodgson (Sale Sharks), Ugo Monye (Harlequins), Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester), Henry Trinder (Gloucester), Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins).