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England call up Hodgson for injured Jonny Wilkinson

Charlie Hodgson
Could Hodgson be lining up against the All Blacks in November?

Charlie Hodgson has become the fifth player added to England's autumn Tests squad as cover for injuries after Jonny Wilkinson reported a shoulder problem.

The Sale fly-half is on standby to face New Zealand on 6 November with Wilkinson set for a scan on Tuesday.

Uncapped Joe Marler, Brad Barritt, Dan Ward-Smith and Tom Wood have also been called up as injury cover.

Prop David Wilson, lock Simon Shaw, centre Riki Flutey and flanker Henrie Fourie were all injured at the weekend.

The former England Under-18 captain Marler has played only a handful of senior games for Harlequins but the 6ft, 17st 10lb prop has impressed both with his powerful scrummaging and ability in the loose.

The 20-year-old joins Martin Johnson's squad as cover for Wilson.

Northampton flanker Wood, versatile Wasps forward Ward-Smith and Saracens centre Barritt were the others brought into the training camp on Monday.

Bath's Wilson (back), Leeds' Fourie (bruised rib) and Wasps duo Flutey (calf strain) and Shaw (calf) are also being treated by England's medical staff.


The biggest concern for England team manager Johnson will be the latest injury scare for Wilkinson who has suffered a number of injuries since helping his country win the World Cup in 2003.

The 31-year-old, who has been in fine form for French side Toulon, arrived at the England camp on Monday with soreness in his shoulder and, after a medical review, Hodgson was called for.

Hodgson toured with England to Australia in June and played in the midweek games but did not feature in the Tests.

England will play four November Tests, starting against the world's top-ranked side, the All Blacks, at Twickenham on Saturday 6 November.

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