England Saxons call-up for Elliott Stooke

12:32pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

YOUNG Gloucester Rugby lock Elliott Stooke has been added to the England Saxons squad preparing to face the O2 Ireland Wolfhounds at Kingsholm on Saturday (5pm).

Former Prince Henry's High School, Evesham, pupil Stooke, 20, replaces injured Leicester Tigers and former Worcester Warriors lock Graham Kitchener to join fellow Junior World Championship winners Henry Slade and Sam Hill in the 23-man group for the game on his home ground.

Three further injury replacements see Harlequins centre Matt Hopper, Sale Sharks full back Rob Miller and Northampton Saints prop Tom Mercey take over from Bath Rugby’s Jonathan Joseph, Mathew Tait (Leicester Tigers) and Harlequins’ Will Collier.

Hopper, 28, featured in the 2012 victory over the Wolfhounds and Mercey, 26, has appeared in several of the Saxons’ Churchill Cup campaigns but Miller, 24, will win his first cap at this level if he gets on the field at Kingsholm.

No replacements have been called up in place of Leicester Tigers wing Miles Benjamin and flanker Jamie Gibson, who will be reassessed at the end of the week with a view to being available for the match against Scotland A in Glasgow on January 31.

England Saxons

Forwards (13)

Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby)

Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)

Sam Dickinson (Northampton Saints)

Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)

Jamie George (Saracens)

George Kruis (Saracens)

Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)

Tom Mercey (Northampton Saints)

Elliott Stooke (Gloucester Rugby)

Luke Wallace (Harlequins)

Alex Waller (Northampton Saints)

Dave Ward (Harlequins)

Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

Backs (10)

Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)

Elliot Daly (London Wasps)

Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)

Matt Hopper (Harlequins)

Dave Lewis (Exeter Chiefs)

Rob Miller (Sale Sharks)

Joe Simpson (London Wasps)

Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)

Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)

Tom Varndell (London Wasps)

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