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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 May 2006, 21:06 GMT 22:06 UK
Callard gives incentive to Saxons
Jon Callard
New England Saxons coach Callard
Jon Callard has challenged England's Saxons to force their way into Andy Robinson's World Cup plans by mounting a successful Churchill Cup defence.

Callard has taken over the second string side after John Wells' promotion to Robinson's senior management team.

And ahead of Saturday's opener against Scotland A in Toronto, Canada, Callard said: "It's the perfect opportunity for the players to showcase their ability.

"They can really show they are ready to step forward to the next level."

Former Bath and Leeds Tykes coach Callard believes his squad contains a number of players unfortunate to have missed out on the senior Test tour of Australia.

And he said: "The squad we have brought is young and a few of them will think that, because they are not in the senior tour, they probably haven't got the chance to go forward with England.

"But it is up to the senior coaches to look at this tournament and see the potential they have to move England forward.

"There are a lot of players who have competed successfully in the hard Premiership and this is another step for them.

"The likes of James Hudson, David Paice, Delon Armitage and David Barnes all played against the Barbarians at the weekend and were fantastic.

"That has inspired the rest of the group, it has given the others hope."

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