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Biggs, Burns and Wood called into England squad

25 November 2012

  • West Country trio called into England squad preparing for New Zealand
  • Flood’s toe not broken but will be assessed over next 24 hours
Gloucester Rugby fly half Freddie Burns at England training

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England called up West Country trio Tom Biggs (Bath Rugby), Freddie Burns and Nick Wood (both Gloucester Rugby) to their training squad ahead of Saturday’s final QBE International against New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium (2.30pm, live on SkySports HD).

Wing Biggs replaces Ugo Monye, who remains at Harlequins for treatment on a calf injury while fly half Burns, recently named Aviva Premiership Player of the Month, comes in for Toby Flood, who injured his toe during the 16-15 defeat to South Africa.

Prop Nick Wood is temporary cover for Alex Corbisiero (knee) as England Saxons props Matt Mullan and Nathan Catt are injured, along with Joe Marler, who started opening two autumn Tests against 

Bath Rugby wing Tom Biggs in action against Exeter Chiefs

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Thirty-four players reported to the team base of Pennyhill Park and England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “Tom is next in line from the Saxons and we are looking forward to getting a look at him. Freddie has been in for two of the last three weeks so we know what he can bring and Nick Wood will provide cover as we manage Alex’s knee at the start of the week.

“Toby Flood's toe has been re-examined and there is no bone broken but we will need to see how it settles down over the next 24 hours.”

Anthony Allen remains at Leicester Tigers following his withdrawal from today’s Aviva Premiership match at London Wasps due to illness.

England Squad preparing for New Zealand

Forwards (20)

Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
James Haskell (London Wasps)
Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps) 
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Tom Palmer (London Wasps)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
David Paice (London Irish)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt) 
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Nick Wood (Gloucester Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Backs (14)

Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Tom Biggs (Bath Rugby)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Jonathan Joseph (London Irish) 
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)