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Leeds' Hendre Fourie will get call up - Neil Back

Hendre Fourie
Fourie formerly played for Rotherham and joined Leeds in 2007

Leeds Carnegie flanker Hendre Fourie will feature for England in the future, according to his head coach Neil Back.

The South African born 30-year-old was missing from England's squad for the 2010 Six Nations but Back is positive he will make the England Saxons.

"I've spoken to Martin Johnson and I know he is looking at Hendre," Back told BBC Radio Leeds.

"Martin has talked about Hendre and I'm sure he'll get a chance in the Saxons side soon."

Fourie has been a stand-out player for the West Yorkshire outfit this season and now qualifies to play for England through residency.

Former England flanker Back added: "He's in England's thoughts and it's up to Hendre now.

"If he continues performing for Leeds Carnegie the way he currently is and he does get a chance to step up and he takes that then who knows where he'll end up.

"With the next World Cup coming up in 2011 it's whether he's good enough, forget about his age, if he's good enough then he should be in.

"It's now for Hendre to prove he is good enough."

Meanwhile Joe Bedford will be included in Leeds' match-day squad for Saturday's game at Parma in the Challenge Cup.

The scrum-half has been out since October with a broken foot, but has now fully recovered.

However centre Scott Barrow will not be risked for the game in Italy despite now being fit after his knee ligament problem.

But hooker Andy Titterrell and winger Henry Fa'afili are not registered for the pool stages of the competition.

"Our team line-up for this game has now changed from the original planned team because of our postponed league game at Harlequins," explained Back.

"Therefore it's a much stronger line-up now because the players need the game time.

"It's frustrating for Titterrell and Fa'afili and for us that they can't play in these matches.

"Fa'afili has put himself in the frame for games while Titterrell is frustrated due to all the A-team games that have been called off due to the weather.

"He played in one and was outstanding, but on the back of that having not played for the previous three or four months it is difficult to justify his selection in the first team.

"He'll get his opportunity in the LV= Cup and it's for him to take that."



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