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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 June 2006, 13:26 GMT 14:26 UK
Higgins called to replace Sackey
Andrew Higgins
Higgins will arrive in time for the first game of the tour
Bath winger Andrew Higgins has been called up to the England Saxons squad for the Churchill Cup in Canada after a toe injury ruled out Paul Sackey.

The Wasps player missed the flight on Monday to give him extra recovery time but it proved to be in vain.

"I want to improve on my performances for Bath towards the end of the season and build upon them," said Higgins.

"The World Cup is not that far off now so it's important that I can show the selectors what I can do."

The England side, coached by Jon Callard, begin the defence of their title against Scotland A in Toronto on Saturday.

England Saxons team to play Scotland A in Toronto:

Horak, Armitage (both L Irish), Johnston (Saracens), Vesty (Leicester), Erinle (Wasps), Walder (Newcastle), Hodgson (capt, L Irish); Barnes (Bath), Buckland (Leicester), Turner (Sale), Hudson (Bath), Schofield (Sale), Beattie (Bath), Seymour (Saracens), Horstmann (Worcester). Replacements: Paice (L Irish), Ward (Newcastle), Kennedy (L Irish), Woods (Newcastle), Wigglesworth (Sale), Crockett (Bath), Bell (Leeds)

Barclays Churchill Cup match schedule

Saturday June 3

Pool A (Toronto)

England Saxons v Scotland A, York Stadium (1945 BST)

Pool B (San Francisco)

USA v Ireland A, Santa, Clara Stadium (2200 BST)

Wednesday June 7

Pool A (Ottawa)

Canada v Scotland A, Twin Elm Stadium (2330 BST)

Pool B (San Francisco)

USA v New Zealand Maori, Santa Clara Stadium, 7.30pm (3.30am Thurs June 8 UK)

Saturday 10 June 10

Pool A (Toronto)

England Saxons v Canada, York Stadium, 2.45pm local time (1945 BST)

Saturday June 17

Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, matches from 1900 BST

Barclays Churchill Cup, Bowl final

Barclays Churchill Cup Final

Barclays Churchill Cup Plate final

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