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Sunday, 9 June, 2002, 11:52 GMT 12:52 UK
Beim joins England tour party
Josh Lewsey in action for England's Sevens side
Lewsey (centre) has withdrawn with a wrist injury

England manager Clive Woodward has been forced into further late changes to his squad for the impending tour to Argentina.

Wasps duo Josh Lewsey and Simon Shaw, plus Leicester centre Leon Lloyd, all pulled out of the two-match trip after failing to recover from recent injuries.

And Gloucester's Ed Pearce, who was called up to replace Shaw on Saturday morning, had to withdraw himself six hours later.

The lock picked up an ankle injury in his side's Zurich Championship final victory over Bristol, and will be replaced by club-mate Rob Fidler.

Tom Beim takes on Bristol's Jamie Williams during the Zurich Championship final at Twickenham
Beim's call-up caps a great weekend for the Gloucester wing

Another Gloucester player, wing Tom Beim, was drafted in on Sunday to replace Lloyd, who is still suffering from a neck problem.

His late inclusion, with the squad due to depart on Monday, brings Gloucester's representation in the squad up to five.

Beim's only previous international experience came on the ill-fated 'Tour from Hell' four years ago when he played in both Test defeats to New Zealand.

The other change saw a call-up for Newcastle centre Tom May, who gets his chance owing to Lewsey's withdrawal with a wrist injury.

Restricted options

The latest setbacks came two days after exciting Gloucester wing James Simpson-Daniel withdrew with an ankle injury sustained against the Barbarians two weeks ago.

Bristol winger David Rees, on the beaten side in the Zurich Championship final, has been called up to replace him.

A combination of injuries and the need to rest Lions tourists had already severely restricted Woodward's options for the tour.

The line-up for the Test against the Pumas on 22 June is likely to contain just three members of his preferred side, in hooker Steve Thompson, tour captain Phil Vickery and lock Ben Kay.


Revised England squad:

Backs: G Appleford (London Irish), T Beim (Gloucester), P Christophers (Bristol), M Cueto (Sale), A Gomarsall (Gloucester), C Hodgson (Sale), M Horak (London Irish), B Johnston (Saracens), T May (Newcastle), D Rees (Bristol), K Sorrell (Saracens), T Stimpson (Leicester), D Walder (Newcastle), N Walshe (Sale).
Forwards: P Anglesea (Sale), A Balding (Leicester), A Codling (Harlequins), D Danaher (London Irish), R Fidler (Gloucester), D Flatman (Saracens), B Kay (Leicester), L Moody (Leicester), R Morris (Northampton), M Regan (Bath), A Sanderson (Sale), S Thompson (Northampton), P Vickery (Gloucester, capt), H Vyvyan (Newcastle), T Woodman (Gloucester), J Worsley (Wasps).

Fixtures:
17 June v Argentina A (Buenos Aires)
22 June v Argentina (Buenos Aires)

See also:

02 Jun 02 | English
28 May 02 | International
26 May 02 | International
26 May 02 | International
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