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England Deaf make late change

11 February 2010

  • Jackson gets call after Small is ruled out
  • Wheatley Hills back joins squad

England Deaf have been forced to make a late change to their squad for the international against Wales at Broadstreet RFC near Coventry on Sunday February 14 (1pm).

Peter Small of Old Whitgiftian has been ruled out by a shoulder injury sustained playing for his club last weekend so utility back Gavin Jackson of Wheatley Hills has been called up to the replacements bench.

The match will again be played for the Broadstreet Cup which was inaugurated at the corresponding fixture at the same venue two years ago when Wales won 66-7.

The English Deaf Rugby Union was formed in 2003 to give deaf and hard of hearing rugby players an opportunity to represent their country.

Players are qualified to play for the England Deaf team if they a combined average hearing loss of 25db or more in both ears. This roughly translates to a minimum hearing loss in both ears or a moderate hearing loss in one ear.