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Andy Farrell released from England training to play for Saracens A

25 September 2006

ANDY FARRELL will continue his Rugby Union development by playing in the Saracens A team at Gloucester this evening.

Farrell was scheduled to join England's Elite Player Squad for the three-day training camp at Loughborough University (September 25-27).

But England Head Coach Andy Robinson OBE and Saracens Director of Rugby Alan Gaffney have agreed that Farrell's development in Rugby Union would be best served by spending the week at his club.

"I would rather Andy stays with his club and plays tonight. He is still very new to the game and, as vital as these sessions are to England's preparations, it is right that this week he stays with Saracens," said Robinson.

"We have another three-day camp next week and we will discuss with Andy and Saracens whether he is involved in that."

Thirty-three players from the Elite Player Squad and 11 from the Senior National Academy out of a total of 55 have assembled or will join, as well as Tom Palmer (London Wasps) and Duncan Bell (Bath Rugby), who have been called up to training this week.

Palmer replaces Steve Borthwick, who has had surgery for a knee injury, while Bell comes in because Perry Freshwater is scheduled to play for Perpignan against Albi in the French Championship tomorrow night and another prop, Phil Vickery, is continuing his rehabilitation from a back injury with London Wasps.

The following are being monitored after suffering injuries or illness in the Guinness Premiership at the weekend and may join up with the squad tomorrow: Olly Barkley (testicle), Ben Cohen (virus), Charlie Hodgson (wrist), Andrew Sheridan (shoulder), Steve Thompson (calf).

The following are also missing because of injuries and are continuing to rehabilitate at their clubs: Stuart Abbott (knee), Jon Clarke (ankle), Lawrence Dallaglio (ankle), Richard Haughton (shoulder), James Simpson-Daniel (collarbone), David Paice (wrist), Ben Skirving (knee), Mathew Tait (knee), Mark Van Gisbergen (jaw), Jonny Wilkinson (knee).

The following will not train because of injuries sustained before last weekend's Premiership games but are attending for rehabilitation with the England medical team: Iain Balshaw (ankle), Andy Goode (knee), Ryan Lamb (ankle), Michael Lipman (shoulder), Mike Tindall (calf).

The following are not fit to train today because of injuries sustained during last weekend's Premiership games: Pat Barnard (knee), Mike Catt (calf), Martin Corry (ankle), Harry Ellis (hamstring), Ben Foden (shoulder), Danny Grewcock (knee), Tim Payne (wrist), Simon Shaw (knee).

"Although we had fitness testing last Tuesday, this is our first training camp of the season and the coaches and the fit players who are available to train are looking forward to some quality time together over the next three days," added Robinson.

"It is unfortunate that we have so many players injured but they are in good hands with both the England and club medical teams and I am hoping that some of them will be available next week. These three day training camps are vital to our preparation and once again I'd like to thank the clubs for their support."

RFU Head of Sports Medicine Dr Simon Kemp: "Our ongoing injury audit, which provides detailed information about injuries over the course of a season, has shown that an average of 25 per cent of players are unfit at any one time. We have always seen fluctuations from week to week in this number but this week we have seen an unusual and unprecedented number of injured players with approximately 50 per cent of the Elite Player Squad/Senior National Academy squad unfit to train.

"The majority of these injuries this week are the sort of impact related ones that appear to be a consequence of the ferocity off the collisions seen in the modern professional game. In addition to analysing the audit findings for long term solutions, we are also working closely with the clubs to explore all the possible best practice avenues for prevention and conditioning as well as optimising the medical care of those currently injured."

England players attending/due to attend
Iain Balshaw (Gloucester Rugby)
Olly Barkley (Bath Rugby)
Duncan Bell (Bath Rugby)
Mike Catt (London Irish)
George Chuter (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Cohen (Northampton Saints)
Martin Corry (Leicester Tigers)
Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks)
Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers)
Harry Ellis (Leicester Tigers)
James Forrester (Gloucester Rugby)
Andy Goode (Leicester Tigers)
Danny Grewcock (Bath Rugby)
Charlie Hodgson (Sale Sharks)
Chris Jones (Sale Sharks)
Ben Kay (Leicester Tigers)
Josh Lewsey (London Wasps)
Michael Lipman (Bath Rugby)
Magnus Lund (Sale Sharks)
Lee Mears (Bath Rugby)
Lewis Moody (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie Noon (Newcastle Falcons)
Tom Palmer (London Wasps)
Tim Payne (London Wasps)
Shaun Perry (Bristol Rugby)
Pete Richards (Gloucester Rugby)
Pat Sanderson (Worcester Warriors)
Simon Shaw (London Wasps)
Andy Sheridan (Sale Sharks)
Steve Thompson (Northampton Saints)
Mike Tindall (Gloucester Rugby)
Julian White (Leicester Tigers)
Joe Worsley (London Wasps)
 
Senior National Academy
Anthony Allen (Gloucester Rugby)
Pat Barnard (Northampton Saints)
Jordan Crane (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Foden (Sale Sharks)
Toby Flood (Newcastle Falcons)
Ryan Lamb (Gloucester Rugby)
Olly Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Tom Rees (London Wasps)
David Seymour (Saracens)
Tom Varndell (Leicester Tigers)
David Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

 

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