Barritt’s smelling like roses

Former Sharks centre Brad Barritt has been called up to the England squad as injury cover.

Prop David Wilson (sore back), former Free State flank Hendre Fourie (bruised ribs), lock Simon Shaw and Kiwi-born centre Riki Flutey (both calf) were injured over the past weekend and are in doubt for England’s Test against the All Blacks on 6 November. They will be treated and assessed by the England medical team in consultation with doctors from their clubs, but have in the meantime been replaced with prop Joe Marler, flanker Tom Wood, No 8 Dan Ward-Smith and Barritt.

Meanwhile, Jonny Wilkinson will undergo a scan on Tuesday after complaining of soreness in his left shoulder and could be replaced by Charlie Hodgson for the New Zealand game.

England also face the Wallabies, Samoa and Springboks in November.