Lancaster replaces Stevens with Wilson
September 25, 2012
David Wilson has been promoted to England's senior side © Getty Images
Saracens prop Stevens opted to call time on his international career back in August claiming that he was unable to commit to the World Cup in three-years time and England boss Stuart Lancaster has promoted Wilson from the Saxons to the main squad.
Wilson won the last of his 19 caps for England back in September 2011 against Romania and was a part of their World Cup party the same year. He was included in Lancaster's England squad for the 2012 Six Nations but failed to make a single appearance.
Wilson's promotion to the main squad has resulted in Sarries prop Mako Vunipola getting the nod into the Saxons after a barnstorming start to the season that saw him scoop the man-of-the-match award in their first two matches.
Lancaster is now focused on preparing England for their four match November Test series and he will journey to South Africa next month to watch the Springboks play the All Blacks. "The three sides we are playing from the Rugby Championship all play very differently," Lancaster said. "We are going to have to have a different gameplan to suit each side we play and adapt from game to game.
"New Zealand are the form side but they have been pushed, not only in the summer by Ireland, but also Argentina and South Africa in the last Test. There are some great challenges coming around the corner and it is great to benchmark ourselves."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The rolling maul is becoming an increasingly potent attacking weapon. Conor O'Shea looks at the difficulties of stopping it
The news of James Horwill, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Dan Carter's respective transfers will open the floodgates, writes Tom Hamilton
Kiwi coaches can be found far and wide across the globe, and Murray Mexted believes the All Blacks benefit every bit as much as their rivals
Clermont, Toulon, player burnout, Sam Burgess and a farewell to Adams Park - Monday Maul looks back at the weekend's action