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Call up marks another step for Palmer

28 January 2004

Leeds Tykes captain Tom Palmer was "delighted" to be included in Clive Woodward's 43-man England squad for the RBS Six Nations.

Palmer, who has only played six games since returning from a knee injury sustain with England this summer, will join up with the England squad for a two day training camp before the squad is reduced for the start of the tournament.

Commenting on his selection Palmer said, "I'm delighted to be included in the training squad and hopefully I can continue to improve my form for the Tykes and take that into the training camp.

"I can not get too carried away because it is a big training squad but it is great to be in that company and I will try to make the most of my time in the squad. Getting back into the England set up was a big motivation factor for me when I was recovering from the knee surgery and being part of this squad is another step in the right direction for me," added Palmer.

Palmer will be joined in the England squad by Tykes team mate Mark Regan who has retained his place in the squad and is one of 29 World Cup winners in the squad named.