England’s Robinson surprises with Seven new caps

England coach Andy Robinson has come up with with a few surprises in naming seven uncapped players in a 30-man squad that will kick off with an international against New Zealand at Twickenham on the 5th of November.

Gloucester backs Anthony Allen and Olly Morgan and Wasps pair Tom Rees and Paul Sackey have all been called up.

Allen has World Cup experience in an England shirt but only in youth teams such as the U21’s and U19’s and was widely tipped for a place in the national squad.

He is joined by 34-year-old Sale prop Stuart Turner, Newcastle scrum-half Toby Flood and Bristol scrum-half Shaun Perry.

Robinson has not named the captain of the team but will announce it when he announces his starting line-up for New Zealand on Monday.

After the NZ match England will have to keep their eye on the ball against the under-rated Argentina but due to club commitments they will have to rest some first choice players so that they can be played against South Africa in a two match series.

South Africa are again England’s world cup pool opponents.

“The squad includes a good mix of experience and also gives an opportunity for some of the newcomers to the elite squad to push further their claims for a starting place at some point during the four Test matches,” said Robinson.

“I will amend and add to the squad for the Argentina game to ensure that no player starts more than three of the four games.”

World Cup winners Phil Vickery, Lawrence Dallaglio, Steve Thompson, Mike Tindall,Joe Worsley, Simon Shaw and Mike Catt have all been excluded for the time being.

Jonny Wilkinson, Steve Borthwick and Olly Barkley were not considered due to injury.

England squad

Backs: I Balshaw (Gloucester), O Morgan (Gloucester), J Lewsey (Wasps), M Cueto (Sale Sharks), P Sackey (Wasps), B Cohen (Northampton), M Tait (Newcastle), A Allen (Gloucester), J Noon (Newcastle), T Flood (Newcastle), C Hodgson (Sale Sharks), A Goode (Leicester), P Richards (Gloucester), S Perry (Bristol).

Forwards: A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), P Freshwater (Perpignan), J White (Leicester), S Turner (Sale Sharks), G Chuter (Leicester), L Mears (Bath), B Kay (Leicester), D Grewcock (Bath), T Palmer (Wasps), C Jones (Sale Sharks), P Sanderson (Worcester), L Moody (Leicester), T Rees (Wasps), M Lund (Sale Sharks), M Corry (Leicester), J Forrester (Gloucester).

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