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Last Updated: Friday, 8 April, 2005, 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK
Lydon to lead England summer tour
Joe Lydon
Joe Lydon joined the England coaching team in May 2004
England assistant coach Joe Lydon has been given the job of leading the national side in the Churchill Cup in Canada this summer.

Lydon will lead the squad in the absence of England head coach Andy Robinson, who is on duty with the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand.

The former England sevens boss will name his 26-man squad on 18 April.

"The Churchill Cup offers players the perfect opportunity to further develop their international careers," he said.

"England's tour to North America four years ago was the forerunner to the competition.

"When you realise that the likes of Ben Kay, Julian White, Martin Corry, Josh Lewsey and Lewis Moody were all involved, it's easy to appreciate how invaluable such tours can be.

"Some players may be disappointed if they are not selected for the Lions tour, but the Churchill Cup offers them the ideal opportunity to establish their international credentials for future years."

Lydon has named a four-man coaching team to go with him.

Phil Keith-Roach will be in charge of scrummaging, Simon Hardy will go as forwards coach while Calvin Morriss is the fitness coach.

They will be joined by National Academy coach Damian McGrath, who has been named as defence and skills coach.

This is the third year the event has been run and will see England playing Canada on 19 June, with the USA facing Argentina on the same day.

The final takes place one week later.

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