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Last Updated: Wednesday January 09 2008 15:24 GMT

Vainikolo in England rugby squad

Lesley Vainikolo

The 32-man squad for England's Six Nations rugby campaign has been revealed - with Tonga-born Lesley Vainikolo named among the players.

Vainikolo, 28, who plays for Gloucester, was born in Tonga to parents from New Zealand.

Rugby rules say he can play for England because he's lived here for more than three years and hasn't represented another country at senior level.

Phil Vickery remains as captain - the role he took at last year's World Cup.

But Josh Lewsey and Andy Farrell are among some big names missing from the call-up.
Phil Vickery
Phil Vickery

Coach Brian Ashton said Vainikolo was "a player with the X factor".

Top try-scorer

He is the England Premiership's top try-scorer this season, getting five on his debut.

Joining Vainikolo as uncapped players are Danny Cipriani, Richard Wigglesworth and Tom Croft.

The squad includes 17 of the 22 who lost to South Africa in last year's World Cup final.

England begin their campaign against Wales at Twickenham on 2 February.

Full England squad:
Lesley Vainikolo
Club: Gloucester
Position: Wing
Born: 4 May, 1979
Height: 1.88m
Weight: 112kg

  • Iain Balshaw
  • Danny Cipriani
  • Mark Cueto
  • Toby Flood
  • Andy Gomarsall
  • Charlie Hodgson
  • Jamie Noon
  • Peter Richards
  • Paul Sackey
  • David Strettle
  • Mathew Tait
  • Mike Tindall
  • Richard Wigglesworth
  • Jonny Wilkinson
  • Lesley Vainikolo
  • Steve Borthwick
  • Tom Croft
  • George Chuter
  • Louis Deacon
  • Nick Easter
  • James Haskell
  • Ben Kay
  • Lee Mears,
  • Lewis Moody
  • Tim Payne
  • Tom Rees
  • Mark Regan
  • Simon Shaw
  • Andy Sheridan
  • Matt Stevens
  • Phil Vickery
  • Joe Worsley

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