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Tuesday, May 12, 1998 Published at 16:01 GMT 17:01 UK

Sport: Rugby Union

Dawson captain for England tour
image: [ Depleted squad for England coach Clive Woodward ]
Depleted squad for England coach Clive Woodward

Matt Dawson has been named as the new England captain to lead an inexperienced squad on the summer tour to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Former skippers Lawrence Dallaglio and Phil De Glanville are among several stars staying at home, with 17 of the 37-man squad still uncapped.

[ image: Former captain Lawrence Dallaglio]
Former captain Lawrence Dallaglio
Among those chasing first caps on the four-Test tour are the cup-winning Saracens trio of Steve Ravenscroft, George Chuter and Ben Sturnham.

Sale contribute four of the new faces in backs Matt Moore, Tom Beim and Jos Baxendell plus prop Duncan Bell, while Richmond wings Spencer Brown and Dominic Chapman are given the chance.

The long list of players who miss out includes Dallaglio, De Glanville, Martin Johnson, Jeremy Guscott, David Rees, Adedayo Adebayo, Tony Underwood, Mike Catt, Kyran Bracken, Jason Leonard, Richard Hill and Tim Rodber.

Many of the absentees need operations during the summer, while Bath pair De Glanville and Guscott were unavailable for the tour.

England will be underdogs in all the Tests, but coach Clive Woodward remains confident that his young side can rise to the challenge when they fly off on May 27.

"There's not one single person going on this trip who had any doubts about making the journey - I want players who have everything to gain," said Woodward. "This is the strongest squad available for England at this time and if I had to name a Test team to play on Saturday, then many of these guys would be in it."

Backs: T Stimpson (Newcastle), M Perry (Bath), A Healey (Leicester), M Moore (Sale), N Beal (Northampton), T Beim (Sale), S Brown (Richmond), D Chapman (Richmond), S Ravenscroft (Saracens), S Potter (Leicester), J Wilkinson (Newcastle), J Baxendell (Sale), W Greenwood (Leicester), A King (Wasps), JLewsey (Bristol), M Dawson (Northampton, capt), S Benton (Gloucester), P Richards (London Irish).

Forwards: D Crompton (Richmond), W Green (Wasps), D Bell (Sale), P Vickery (Gloucester), G Rowntree (Leicester), G Chuter (Saracens), P Greening (Gloucester), R Cockerill (Leicester), G Archer (Newcastle), R Fidler (Gloucester), D Grewcock (Saracens), S Shaw (Wasps), B Sturnham (Saracens), L Moody (Leicester), S Ojomoh (Gloucester), B Clarke (Richmond), P Sanderson (Sale), A Diprose (Saracens), N Back (Leicester).

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