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Waller one of 16 called by England

02nd June 2014 09:15


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Good 48 hours: Alex Waller

England have added 16 players to their New Zealand tour squad following the Aviva Premiership Final between Saracens and Northampton.

The group drawn from Saints and Saracens, along with Bath's Anthony Watson and Harlequins' Kyle Sinckler, will fly this evening and arrive in Auckland on Wednesday.

"We are looking forward to the guys flying in and adding to the group," said England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

"We watched the Aviva Premiership final and the England XV game against the Barbarians and are pleased with how the players performed and came through.

"There are no major injuries which would prevent anyone flying and, with four big games to come, we are confident there will be opportunities for everyone on the tour.

"It is great to be able to work with a wider group and we feel that the younger players will really benefit from the experience of coming to New Zealand, understanding the culture and challenging themselves in this the most competitive of environments."

Sinckler impressed for England in the loss to the Barbarians on Sunday. He along with Alex Waller and Watson are uncapped.

The news marks an impressive 48 hours for Waller, after he scored the winning try in extra time to give Saints their first Premiership title.

England squad additions:

Chris Ashton (Saracens), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Ben Foden (Northampton Saints), Alex Goode (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Alex Waller (Northampton Saints), Anthony Watson (Bath), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

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