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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 June, 2004, 14:50 GMT 15:50 UK
England duo fit to tour
Mike Tindall makes a typically powerful run for Bath
Mike Tindall has recovered from a knee injury
England pair Mike Tindall and Phil Christophers have been passed fit for the tour to New Zealand and Australia.

Tindall picked up a knee injury in Saturday's Zurich Premiership final against Wasps, while Christopher has recovered from a hamstring strain.

England leave for Auckland on Wednesday and face two Tests against the All Blacks on 12 & 19 June, followed by one match against Australia on 26 June.

Sir Clive Woodward's side have not lost against either side since 1999.

"We went down there last year at the end of a long season but we were motivated for the games because champion players relish the chance to play against the best teams in the world," Woodward said.

"Lawrence Dallaglio is looking forward to the tour and he sets the lead.

"These matches don't need a lot of talking about - we're highly motivated and not there to make up the numbers.

"We won't be using rhetoric because the hunger is there already.

"We're the number one team in the world, we're the World Cup holders and we don't want to lose our position at the top of the game."


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

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




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