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Exeter Chiefs' Tom Johnson named in England squad

By echo_nick  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

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EXETER Chiefs flanker Tom Johnson has been named in England's 32-man squad for the autumn internationals.

England play Fiji at Twickenham on November 10 and then host Australia, South Africa and New Zealand on successive Saturdays.

Johnson, 30, made his international debut in June on England's tour of South Africa and started all three Tests against the Springboks.

The former Coventry player was named in the elite player squad at the start of this season and is one of seven back-rowers preparing for the autumn series.

Injury has ruled out Tom Croft, Ben Foden, Alex Corbisiero and Rob Webber so James Haskell, Ugo Monye, Mako Vunipola and Tom Youngs have been called up as replacements.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "As a coaching team we can't wait to go into camp and get the guys focused on what will be a massive challenge in the QBE internationals – Fiji and then the three major Southern Hemisphere teams in successive weeks.

"We have been impressed with some of the rugby we have seen in the Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup and are looking forward to the players bringing that form to Twickenham.

"It's great to be able to give Mako a chance in the squad. He has come through our age grade sides and made a real impact at Saracens. Likewise Tom Youngs, who was with us on tour in South Africa, and we know what James Haskell and Ugo Monye are capable of if they get their opportunity."

England will prepare at the FA's new sports training and development centre at St George's Park next week before returning to their normal base at Bagshot in the lead-up to the match against Fiji.

England squad, forwards: Mouritz Botha (Saracens), Dan Cole (Leicester), James Haskell (Wasps), Phil Dowson (Northampton), Dylan Hartley (Northampton), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester), Tom Palmer (Wasps), Geoff Parling (Leicester), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Thomas Waldrom (Leicester), David Wilson (Bath), Tom Wood (Northampton), Tom Youngs (Leicester). Backs: Anthony Allen (Leicester), Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt (both Saracens), Mike Brown, Danny Care (both Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Toby Flood (Leicester), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), Ugo Monye (Harlequins), Charlie Sharples (Gloucester), Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester), Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester)

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