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Freddie Burns called up to England squad to replace Toby Flood

By Sportsnews  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

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Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns has been called up to the England squad as an injury replacement for Toby Flood ahead of Saturday's game against New Zealand.
His Cherry and White team-mate Nick Wood has also joined England as precautionary cover for Alex Corbisiero.
England coach Stuart Lancaster said:  "Freddie has been in for two of the last three weeks (as injury cover for Jordan Turner-Hall) 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."
Narrow defeats to Australia and South Africa have left England facing the prospect of finishing their autumn campaign with just a solitary win against Fiji.Bath winger  Tom Biggs has also been called up, to replace Ugo Monye, who remains at Harlequins for treatment on a calf injury.
The 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)

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  • Dave_Baldwin  |  November 28 2012, 12:08AM

    Harden is nearly always one of the contenders for the man of the match given the huge performances he puts in game after game.

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  • RoccoAgain  |  November 27 2012, 10:03PM

    Harden was the man of the match as far as I am concerned. Goodness knows why Lancaster hasn't been giving him a call.

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  • RubenHall  |  November 27 2012, 8:48PM

    Just for the troll's information, Akapusi Qera is from Fiji; his name is not that difficult to write either.

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  • Gambonie  |  November 27 2012, 8:18PM

    The troll probably didn't even know Sione's name anyway. It was probably just a lucky guess that he called him Tongan.

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  • Steve_Bronko  |  November 27 2012, 7:11PM

    "That Tongan" as the troll calls him is Sione Kalamafoni but the troll has no respect for any Gloucester players that he can not be bothered to learn how to write Sione's name. It's not even that difficult.

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  • sam_silent  |  November 27 2012, 6:57PM

    Nigel Davies certainly knows more about the game than augusta01 which, as everyone knows, is just another of RuckandRoller/akadua's identities

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  • JBuddy  |  November 26 2012, 11:19PM

    Nigel Davies continues to select Rupert Harden as his first choice tight-head. I think you will find that he knows a lot more about rugby than your average troll.

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  • walker1105  |  November 26 2012, 10:40PM

    Harden was easily the stand out player in the front row on Saturday. He totally mullered the opposition.

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  • s_sorca  |  November 26 2012, 10:06PM

    Rupert Harden had a fantastic game on Saturday, dominating in the scrum. If the troll doesn't like that, TOUGH!

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  • RoccoAgain  |  November 26 2012, 9:46PM

    It's not a new name but it's the same old troll that doesn't like anything positive said about Harden.

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