England draft in Waldrom and Banahan
January 28, 2012
Saxons No.8 Thomas Waldrom slides in to score a try against the Wolfhounds © Getty Images
Leicester Tigers No.8 Thomas Waldrom and Bath winger Matt Banahan have been added to the England training squad ahead of their Six Nations opener against Scotland next Saturday.
Waldrom has been drafted in by interim head coach Stuart Lancaster to replace Gloucester's Luke Narraway who suffered a calf injury during England's open training session in Leeds on Friday having been previously called up as cover for the injured Tom Wood.
Banahan earns a promotion after Gloucester's Henry Trinder, who was also providing temporary injury cover, was struck down with an ankle injury during his side's Anglo-Welsh Cup victory over Cardiff Blues on Saturday.
Both incoming players played for England Saxons in their 23-17 win over the Irish Wolfhounds at Exeter yesterday with Waldrom capping an eye-catching display with a try.
Lancaster is already preparing with for the Calcutta Cup clash without Toby Flood, Courtney Lawes (both knee), Manu Tuilagi (calf) and Wood (foot).
Lancaster will name his captain on Monday and then cut his squad down from 32 on Tuesday night, with the exact starting line-up and bench to be announced on Thursday.
Players attending England camp:
Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), Mouritz Botha (Saracens), Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers), Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Lee Mears (Bath Rugby), Ben Morgan (Scarlets), Tom Palmer (Stade Francais), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Matt Stevens (Saracens), Rob Webber (London Wasps), David Wilson (Bath Rugby), Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints), Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Ben Foden (Northampton Saints), Alex Goode (Saracens), Charlie Hodgson (Saracens), Joe Simpson (London Wasps), Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby), David Strettle (Saracens), Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The tone was set early on in Dublin as a more clinical Ireland made England pay. All is not lost, however, argues Phil Vickery
Monday Maul takes in retirement talk, England reshuffles, France's unfair advantage and Scotland's communication breakdown
John Griffiths takes an analytical look at Week 3 of ESPN Scrum's Fantasy Rugby game - who should you have picked?
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt won the tactical battle and set his team on course for a shot at the Grand Slam. Tom Hamilton reports from Dublin