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Last Updated: Monday, 17 May, 2004, 15:47 GMT 16:47 UK
England trio to miss tour
TOUR FIXTURES
Jason Robinson in action for England in the Six Nations this year
12 June: NZ v Eng (Dunedin)
19 June: NZ v Eng (Auckland)
26 June: Aus v Eng (Brisbane)
England coach Sir Clive Woodward has rested Will Greenwood, Ben Kay and Jason Robinson from the summer tour party to New Zealand and Australia.

Ten of England's World Cup squad were already unavailable through retirements and injuries including Jonny Wilkinson.

But 17 of the 31 on duty will travel, with only Dan Luger not selected.

Woodward has included four uncapped players - Bath forwards Michael Lipman and Matt Stevens, Andy Titterrell of Sale and Leicester's Harry Ellis.

There are also call-ups for in-form Wasps pair Tom Voyce and Fraser Waters, who both won their solitary caps three years ago against the United States.

Prop David Flatman, who won the last of his eight caps against Argentina two years ago, will challenge Trevor Woodman at loosehead after a productive season with Bath.

ENGLAND'S MISSING STARS
Martin Johnson (retired)
Neil Back (retired)
Dorian West (retired)
Paul Grayson (retired)
Jason Leonard (retired)
Kyran Bracken (retired)
Jonny Wilkinson (injured)
Iain Balshaw (injured)
Phil Vickery (injured)
Lewis Moody (injured)
Ben Kay (rested)
Will Greenwood (rested)
Jason Robinson (rested)
Leeds wing Phil Christophers, capped three times previously, is a surprise inclusion, benefiting from Robinson's withdrawal.

With Jonny Wilkinson injured and Paul Grayson retired, Charlie Hodgson and Olly Barkley will battle it out for the fly-half berth with Mike Catt as an experienced third option.

The athletic Chris Jones and Martin Corry - who forced his way into the squad with a series of strong recent displays - will provide extra cover at second row.

Woodward believes the tour will provide the perfect opportunity for some younger players to stake a claim.

"This is an outstanding team for the tour and will be a tremendous opportunity for players such as Hodgson, Simpson-Daniel, Christophers, Lipman, Stevens and Ellis to step up to the mark.

"I'd also like to welcome back into the squad players such as Tom Voyce and Fraser Waters. I'm confident they will all grasp this huge opportunity.

"I've decided to rest Robinson, Kay and Greenwood at the moment and look forward to the prospect of them returning to the squad later.

"With six world champions now retired and four others recovering from injuries there can be no better opportunity for some of our exciting young talent to come to the fore."

England have also named a 27-man squad for the Churchill Cup tournament, where they will face Canada, the United States and New Zealand Maori.

Four other players - Gloucester's Henry Paul, Newcastle's Jamie Noon, Wasps scrum-half Peter Richards and Harlequins flanker Pat Sanderson - will join up with the squad after completing Sevens duty.

Sale quartet Steve Hanley, Pete Anglesea, Alex Sanderson and Andy Sheridan, Leicester duo Graham Rowntree and Ollie Smith, Leeds lock Tom Palmer and Gloucester number eight James Forrester were not considered due to injuries.


Squad to tour New Zealand and Australia:

Full-backs/Wings: Phil Christophers (Leeds), Ben Cohen (Northampton), Josh Lewsey (Wasps), James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester), Tom Voyce (Wasps)
Centres: Stuart Abbott (Wasps), Mike Catt (Bath), Mike Tindall (Bath), Fraser Waters (Wasps)
Fly-halves: Olly Barkley (Bath), Charlie Hodgson (Sale)
Scrum-halves: Matt Dawson (Northampton), Harry Ellis (Leicester), Andy Gomarsall (Gloucester)

Hookers: Mark Regan (Leeds), Steve Thompson (Northampton), Andy Titterrell (Sale)
Props: David Flatman (Bath), Matt Stevens (Bath), Julian White (Leicester), Trevor Woodman (Gloucester)
Locks: Steve Borthwick (Bath), Danny Grewcock (Bath), Simon Shaw (Wasps)
Back-row: Martin Corry (Leicester), Lawrence Dallaglio (Wasps), Richard Hill (Saracens), Chris Jones (Sale), Michael Lipman (Bath), Joe Worsley (Wasps)


Churchill Cup squad:

Backs: M Cueto (Sale), M Horak (London Irish), A King (Wasps), J Noon (Newcastle), H Paul (Gloucester), P Richards (Wasps), P Sackey (London Irish), D Scarbrough (Leeds), M Stephenson (Newcastle), K Sorrell (Saracens), D Walder (Newcastle), M Wood (Bath).

Forwards: A Beattie (Bath), A Brown (Gloucester), R Birkett (Wasps), M Cairns (Sale), G Chuter (Leicester), P Freshwater (Perpignan), W Green (Wasps), L Deacon (Leicester), A Hazell (Gloucester), D Hyde, (Leeds), L Mears (Bath), R Morris (Northampton), P Sanderson (Sale), H Vyvyan (Newcastle, capt), M Worsley (Harlequins).


Sevens squad for events in Bordeaux and London:

G Appleford (London Irish), S Amor (Gloucester), J Brooks (Northampton), P Dowson (Newcastle), B Gollings (Newcastle), R Haughton (Saracens), K Horstmann (Harlequins), H Paul (Gloucester), J Noon (Newcastle), T Roques (Saracens), U Monye (Harlequins), R Thirlby (Penzance and Newlyn), P Richards (Wasps), B Russell (Saracens), P Sanderson (Harlequins).


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