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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 May, 2003, 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK
Woodward relies on Wasps
Jamie Noon
Newcastle's Jamie Noon could make his first England start
England coach Clive Woodward has named a squad containing seven Wasps players to tour the Southern Hemisphere this summer.

Josh Lewsey, Stuart Abbott, Alex King, Simon Shaw, Joe Worsley, Paul Volley and Lawrence Dallaglio are all rewarded for Wasps' good showing this term.

Newcastle's Jamie Noon also earns a call-up after a solid display against the Barbarians on Sunday.

Bath's Iain Balshaw returns to the international fold after injuring his shoulder in January.

ENGLAND SCHEDULE
9 June: NZ Maori (N Plymouth)
14 June: NZ (Wellington)
21 June: AUS (Melbourne)
23 Aug: Wales (Cardiff)
30 Aug: France (Marseille)
6 Sep: France (Twickenham)
Woodward originally named Bath lock Danny Grewcock in the party, despite him being banned for the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington.

But on Wednesday the pair decided Grewcock will stay at home rather than be available for the Australia Test alone.

Gloucester flanker Andy Hazell gets his first call-up for a tour that should go a long way to deciding England's permutations for October's Rugby World Cup.

In Grewcock's absence, Leeds lock Tom Palmer switches across from the squad that is going to Canada.

There are few surprises in England's second string, ahead of their Churchill Cup Tests against Canada, USA and Japan.

Wasps players are again strongly in evidence, notably centre Fraser Waters, hooker Phil Greening, prop Will Green and scrum-half Martyn Wood, who will play for Bath next season.

ENGLAND A SCHEDULE
14 June: Canada (Vancouver)
21 June: USA (Vancouver)
28 June: Churchill Cup final (Vancouver)
5 July: Japan (Tokyo)

Wood's potential new half-back Olly Barkley makes the trip and there are also places for Gloucester centre Henry Paul, Leeds flyer Phil Christophers and young Sharks forward Chris Jones.

The 56 times-capped Bath back Mike Catt was not considered for either tour after agreeing that he should undergo a period of "optimised conditioning" following his lengthy lay-off with a hamstring injury.


England squad to tour Australia and NZ

Backs: J Lewsey (Wasps), J Robinson (Sharks), I Balshaw (Bath), B Cohen (Northampton), D Luger (Perpignan), J Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester), W Greenwood (Harlequins), M Tindall (Bath), S Abbott (Wasps), B Johnston (Saracens), J Noon (Newcastle), J Wilkinson (Newcastle, vice-capt), P Grayson (Northampton), A King (Wasps), M Dawson (Northampton), K Bracken (Saracens), A Gomarsall (Gloucester).

Forwards: J Leonard (Harlequins), M Worsley (London Irish), T Woodman (Gloucester), G Rowntree (Leicester), P Vickery (Gloucester), S Thompson (Northampton), M Regan (Leeds), D West (Leicester), M Johnson (Leicester, capt), B Kay (Leicester), D Grewcock (Bath), S Borthwick (Bath), S Shaw (Wasps), R Hill (Saracens), J Worsley (Wasps), N Back (Leicester), A Hazell (Gloucester), P Volley (Wasps), M Corry (Leicester), L Dallaglio (Wasps).

England squad for Churchill Cup Tests

Backs: D Scarbrough (Leeds), M Horak (London Irish), P Christophers (Leeds), M Cueto (Sharks), H Paul (Gloucester), F Waters (Wasps), O Barkley (Bath), D Walder (Newcastle), M Wood (Wasps), N Walshe (Sharks).

Forwards: D Flatman (Bath), N Hatley (London Irish), W Green (Wasps), A Sheridan (Sharks), A Titterrell (Sharks), P Greening (Wasps), M Cairns (Sharks), T Palmer (Leeds), A Brown (Gloucester), C Jones (Sharks), H Vyvyan (Newcastle), P Anglesea (Sharks), D Hyde (Leeds)


SEE ALSO
Barbarians ruin England's day
25 May 03  |  Internationals
Grewcock banned for NZ Test
25 May 03  |  European Club
Tuqiri named in Aussie squad
26 May 03  |  Internationals
Thorne named All Blacks skipper
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