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banner Tuesday, 17 October, 2000, 06:47 GMT 07:47 UK
Wellens wins England call-up
Paul Wellens is mobbed by Halifax
Wellens' perfomances have won him an England call-up
St Helens' exciting full-back Paul Wellens has been called into the England World Cup squad as a replacement for Francis Cummins of Leeds.

Cummins has withdrawn from the 24-strong squad after failing to recover from a back injury.

"Francis has had the problem for two months and it has not responded as quickly to treatment as we had hoped," said England manager David Howes.

The 20-year-old Wellens went close to making the original squad after an outstanding season.

Francis Cummins
Injury has put paid to Cummins' hopes

On Saturday he will be playing in his second successive Super League Grand Final when Saints defend their crown against Wigan.

He shook off his utility tag to oust Paul Atcheson from the Saints full-back berth and was last night pipped by Bradford forward Stuart Fielden for the title of Super League's Young Player of the Year.

The call-up of Wellens is the second change forced on coach John Kear, who brought in Leeds second rower Andy Hay to replace the injured Wigan player Simon Haughton.

Showpiece

Wellens will fly out for England's warm-weather training camp in Florida on 16 October with his St Helens team-mates Sean Long and Paul Sculthorpe and the Wigan trio of Andrew Farrell, Kris Radlinski and Tony Smith.

The players involved in Saturday's Old Trafford showpiece have been given special dispensation to delay their departure by 24 hours.

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