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26 September 2012, 9:41am

Wilson promoted to Senior Elite Player Squad

Congratulations to David Wilson who Stuart Lancaster has promoted to the Senior Elite Player Squad in place of Matt Stevens.

The England Head Coach was a prop light in his 32-man squad after 44-cap Stevens announced he was retiring from the international game with immediate effect on August 9 and, as expected, he looked to the Saxons for a replacement.

Stevens' Saracens teammate Mako Vunipola is promoted into the Saxons group in place of Wilson.

Speaking at the launch of the BMW Performance Academy, an initiative with the new RFU sponsor to offer tailored development programmes for England's most promising players, Lancaster said both players deserve the chance to step up after impressive starts to the season.

"It's a great opportunity for David, he's had a few injury problems but he's benefited from working under Toby Booth and Neal Hatley at Bath, with their good conditioning there," he said.

"He's looking in good nick, has started the season well and deserves this chance.

"Mako has been involved in the age-grade programme for a long time, and his brother Billy is not doing too badly either to be fair. Mako has played well for the Under 20s and now has the opportunity to step into the Saxons and although the programme doesn't start until the Six Nations, if he keeps playing well I'm sure he'll force his case, and, if not by then, hopefully on the tour to Argentina."

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