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England Counties make changes for Ireland game

07 March 2012

  • Now injury works in Hurrell’s favour as Stourbridge man is handed call up
  • Mulchrone brothers ruled out of clash with Ulster Bank Club International side
Robbie Hurrell of Stourbridge 

Photo: RFU Archive

The England Counties XV selectors have been forced to make three changes to their squad to face the Ulster Bank Club International side at Preston Grasshoppers RFC on Friday week (March 16, kick 7.30pm).

Ruled out because of injury are Gareth Rawlings (Fylde), who has a broken arm, and the Mulchrone brothers – Charlie and Fergus from Macclesfield – are missing with knee and foot complaints respectively.

Robbie Hurrell from Stourbridge, who was picked for the Counties last season but had to withdraw with injury, takes over from Rawlings. Wharfedale’s Phillip Woodhead and James Stephenson of Blackheath, who played in the corresponding game in Dublin last season, also join the squad.

“All three players brought into the squad were unlucky to miss out initially, but it’s really disappointed for the players who have had to pull out,” said Counties Manager Mike Old.

“It’s especially sad for Gareth Rawlings, who was picked for the Counties for the first time. I know how much the selection meant to him.

“Robbie Hurrell was chosen last year and missed out through injury, so this time events have worked in his favour, while James Stephenson has been in great form this season and gets another chance to impress in an England Counties shirt. Phil Woodhead is a very exciting young talent who has attracted lots of positive comments throughout the season.

Standard ticket prices are £10 for adults/£5 concessions (OAPS/Students), whilst under 16’s will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets can be purchased in advance, whilst both Adult & Concession tickets can be bought at the gate on the day of the game.


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