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England pick nine uncapped players for summer tour

Bath's Olly Barkley
Barkley won the last of his 23 England caps against New Zealand in 2008

England boss Martin Johnson has named nine uncapped players and recalled centre Olly Barkley for the summer tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Dominic Waldouck, David Attwood, Jon Golding, Geoff Parling, Joe Simpson, Rob Webber and Dan Ward-Smith are all included in the 44-man squad.

South-African born Hendre Fourie and former New Zealand rugby league star Shontayne Hape have also been selected.

Lewis Moody is expected to lead in the absence of the injured Steve Borthwick.

The second row has not have played for nearly two months because of tendinitis in his knee and Saracens director of rugby Brendan Venter said last week the lock will take the summer off in a bid to overcome the problem.

Also missing the five-match tour because of injuries are Leicester lock Louis Deacon and returning Wasps centre Riki Flutey.

"Borthwick needs a good off-season and the same applies to Louis Deacon, who will be fit before the end of the season but he has had 10 years of rugby and we feel it was the right call," said Johnson.

Flanker Tom Rees, who recently returned to action from shoulder surgery, has been included in the Saxons squad for the Churchill Cup in June, while World Cup-winning prop Phil Vickery has been given the summer off.

England play the Barbarians on 30 May before midweek games with Australian Barbarians (two) and New Zealand Maori, and two Tests against the Wallabies in Perth on 12 June and Sydney on 19 June.

Bath's Barkley won the the last of his 23 caps against the All Blacks in June 2008 and has not featured for England since Johnson took full charge of the national team.

It's a big squad - deliberately so

England manager Martin Johnson

After an unhappy season at Gloucester, Barkley returned to Bath last summer, only to break his leg in pre-season training and be sidelined until the new year.

But he has roared back to form in recent weeks, playing an integral role in Bath's late charge into the Guinness Premiership semi-finals.

Sale fly-half Charlie Hodgson has also earned a recall having not featured for England since the tour to New Zealand in June 2008, along with Saracens-bound winger Dave Strettle and Bath prop David Flatman.

With one eye on next year's World Cup in New Zealand, Johnson has opted to try nine uncapped players down under following an indifferent Six Nations campaign.

Gloucester lock Attwood and Leicester second row Parling, Newcastle prop Golding, Leeds loose forward Fourie and Wasps hooker Webber have all received their first senior call-ups following impressive performances this season.

Leeds' Hendre Fourie
Fourie qualifies for England after spending five years in the UK

"There are always opportunities for guys to come through after one season, as has happened this season with Dan Cole, Chris Ashton and Ben Youngs," Johnson told BBC Radio 5 live.

"If you said at the start of the year that those guys would have been in the England 22 in the last game of the Six Nations, people would have doubted it.

"Their form in the Premiership has demanded they go. When you are picking a Test team in the southern hemisphere, mid-week games are high pressure too and they give us a chance to play some of these guys.

"It's a big squad - deliberately so."

Centre Waldouck, an unused England tourist in New Zealand in 2008, and hooker Webber have been rewarded for a consistent season at Adams Park, while club team-mate and lock Ward-Smith earned another call-up following his inclusion during the Six Nations.

Bath centre Hape made 14 international caps for New Zealand's rugby league team before switching codes to union in 2008.

He qualifies for England having spent six years in the country since joining the Bradford Bulls from the New Zealand Warriors in 2003.

Fourie is another who qualifies for England through residency having joined Rotherham in 2005 from South African side Cheetahs.

He moved to Leeds in 2007 and has impressed with a series of muscular performances at Headingley.

"It has been like a fairytale and I do not want it to end any time soon," said the 30-year-old, who has missed Leeds's final two matches of the Premiership season because of a leg injury.

"I also think it shows that if you are good enough and put the hard work in with your club that the international selectors will notice you and give you a chance."

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Meanwhile, Danny Cipriani's slim hopes of a recall ended after Wasps confirmed he has fractured his thumb.

The Melbourne-bound fly-half was named in the Barbarians squad to face England, and will miss that game, but was unlikely to be involved in the touring party having fallen out of favour with Johnson and his selectors.

Meanwhile, Australia are set to be without Waratahs prop Benn Robinson for the Tests against England after he fractured his right arm for the second time in a month during his side's Super 15 win over the Chiefs on Saturday.

The 25-year-old will consult a specialist to determine whether surgery is required but it appears increasingly unlikely he will play no part in the Wallabies' first four Tests of the season, which includes the two England games as well as matches against Fiji and Ireland.


England 44-man squad to tour Australia and New Zealand:

Forwards: Dylan Hartley, Lee Mears, Steve Thompson, Rob Webber; Dan Cole, Jon Golding, Paul Doran-Jones, David Flatman, Tim Payne, David Wilson; David Attwood, Courtney Lawes, Tom Palmer, Geoff Parling, Simon Shaw; Steffon Armitage, Tom Croft, Nick Easter, Hendre Fourie, James Haskell, Lewis Moody, Chris Robshaw, Dan Ward-Smith, Joe Worsley.

Backs: Delon Armitage, Chris Ashton, Matt Banahan, Mark Cueto, Ben Foden, Ugo Monye, David Strettle; Mathew Tait, Mike Tindall, Dominic Waldouck, Olly Barkley, Shontayne Hape; Toby Flood, Shane Geragthy, Charlie Hodgson, Jonny Wilkinson; Danny Care, Joe Simpson, Richard Wigglesworth, Ben Youngs.



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