SA trio make England cut
11 May 2012
Brad Barritt, Mouritz Botha and Matt Stevens have been selected for the 42-man England squad to tour South Africa in June.
Coach Stuart Lancaster has picked a large squad for the five-match tour, although the South Africa-born trio are favourites to start in the three Tests against the Springboks.
Lancaster has stuck with Chris Robshaw as his skipper after a relatively good Six Nations campaign. Troubled scrumhalf Danny Care has been handed a recall after missing the Six Nations due to suspension, while hooker Dylan Hartley is included after serving an eight-week ban for biting.
Flanker James Haskell is another who is back in the mix after a strong showing for the Highlanders in the Super Rugby competition.
A total of 13 uncapped players have been included in the touring party. Joe Gray, Christian Wade, Joe Launchbury, Tom Youngs, Jonathan Joseph, George Robson, Tom Johnson, Carl Fearns, Graham Kitchener, Joe Marler, Alex Goode, George Lowe and the New Zealand-born Thomas Waldrom should at the very least receive opportunities in the two midweek games against the SA Barbarians teams.
Tom Wood, Courtney Lawes and Tom Croft are all unavailable due to injuries.
England touring squad
Forwards (23): Mouritz Botha (Saracens), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints), Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints), Carl Fearns (Bath Rugby), Joe Gray (Harlequins), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Otago Highlanders), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Lee Mears (Bath Rugby), Ben Morgan (Scarlets), Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors), Tom Palmer (Stade Francais), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Chris Robshaw (capt, Harlequins), George Robson (Harlequins), Matt Stevens (Saracens), Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers).
Backs (19): Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers), Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins) Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers), Ben Foden (Northampton Saints), Alex Goode (Saracens), Charlie Hodgson (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), George Lowe (Harlequins), Ugo Monye (Harlequins), David Strettle (Saracens), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins), Christian Wade (London Wasps), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).