Devoto called up for Barbarians game

26 May 2014

Bath Rugby's versatile young back, Ollie Devoto, has been named in the England squad to play the Barbarians next weekend.

Devoto joins fellow Bath players Nathan Catt, Jonathan Joseph and Semesa Rokoduguni in the group named to face the Baa Baas, with Dave Attwood, David Wilson, Rob Webber and Kyle Eastmond selected in the squad flying out to New Zealand tomorrow.

Thirty players will fly to Auckland and be available for the 1st Test at Eden Park on Saturday, June 7th.

A further group will leave on Monday, June 2nd following the Aviva Premiership final and the England XV v Barbarians match. These players will be named on the morning of June 2nd, following an assessment of both games.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We are excited about the squad we are taking to New Zealand and, while there continues to be challenges in selection, we will be well and truly ready for the 1st Test. It has a been good few days training and great to be able to work with a larger group of players in the lead up to the Barbarians game and the tour.

"With the Barbarians game and the Aviva Premiership final to come we will make our final selection once we know the availability of all players. This group will fly out on the Monday following the Barbarians game.

"As is often the case there are some players unavailable through injury and it is a shame that recently both George Ford and Anthony Allen have had to withdraw due to shoulder and knee injuries sustained towards the end of the season.

"Anthony Watson is being treated for a hamstring injury and will continue his recovery in England before a final decision is made on whether he will join us in New Zealand on the Monday flight post Aviva final and Barbarians game."

England squad flying to New Zealand on May 27th

Loose-head props
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Matt Mullan (London Wasps)
Tight-head props
Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons)
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Joe Gray (Harlequins)
Dave Ward (Harlequins)
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)
Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)
Back rows
James Haskell (London Wasps)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Back threes
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors)
Marland Yarde (London Irish)

England squad for Barbarians game

Loose-head props
Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby)
Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks)
Tight-head props
Will Collier (Harlequins)
Kyle Sinkler (Harlequins)
Rob Buchanan (Harlequins)
Tommy Taylor (Sale Sharks)
Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers)
Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)
Michael Paterson (Sale Sharks)
Back rows
Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)
James Gaskell (Sale Sharks)
Jamie Gibson (Leicester Tigers)
Luke Wallace (Harlequins)
Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)
Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby)
Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Back threes
Elliot Daly (London Wasps)
Rob Miller (Sale Sharks)
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)

England New Zealand tour (live on SkySports HD, all games 1935 NZST/0835 BST)

Saturday, June 7th: 1st Test – Eden Park, Auckland
Saturday, June 14th: 2nd Test – Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Tuesday, June 17th: Crusaders – AMI (Addington) Stadium, Christchurch
Saturday, June 21st: 3rd Test – Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

England XV v Barbarians

Sunday, June 1st: Twickenham Stadium, 3pm (live on SkySports HD)

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