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VIDEO – Harden replaces Stevens for England

29 May 2012

  • Stevens out of England's tour to SA with a shoulder injury
  • This is a great opportunity for Rupert, who has been the first choice tight-head for Gloucester - Lancaster

Gloucester Rugby prop Rupert Harden has been called into the England squad for the tour to South Africa.

Harden replaces Saracens’ Matt Stevens, who suffered a shoulder rotator cuff injury during Sunday’s Killik Cup victory against the Barbarians.

With Elite Player Squad members Henry Thomas and David Wilson injured, 26-year-old Harden will join England training this afternoon ahead of flying tomorrow. 

Rupert Harden in action for Gloucester

Photo: Getty Images

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “Firstly, it’s really tough on Matt but he has been assessed by the medics and he wouldn’t be able to train or play for some time.

"We wish him all the best but it’s a great opportunity for Rupert, who has been the first choice tight head for Gloucester this season and also involved in the Saxons during the Six Nations.”