Andy Robinson has named Andy Hazell in the England squad
ANDY HAZELL has been named in the 30-man England squad for their autumn internationals next month.
The openside flanker has been included in the squad because of injury to Joe Worsley.
Hazell has been joined in the squad by James Forrester, Peter Richards, Phil Vickery and Mike Tindall. Winger James Simpson-Daniel is on stand-by.
England Head Coach, Andy Robinson said "I've had to make some changes to the squad because of injuries and others are based on current form but all the players involved are there on merit.
"There will be some disappointed players from the first 30 man and stand by squads I announced last month but I will always stress that the door to selection is open and that I'm sure each of those who have not made it into either squad for the Investec matches will be making a strong case for selection to the RBS 6 Nations over the next few months.
"Joe Worsley (London Wasps), Iain Balshaw (Leeds Tykes) and Alex Brown (Gloucester) could not be considered because of injury but we will continue to monitor their progress.
"Ben Cohen (Northampton Saints) has returned to the squad and he has been in excellent form for his club. I feel that he is returning to the form that made him such an important member of the squad two years ago and I'm looking forward to working with him again.
"Olly Barkley (Bath), Tom Voyce (London Wasps), Andy Hazell (Gloucester) and Steve Borthwick (Bath) have all been in outstanding form for their clubs and given me some very difficult decisions to make. They were always in contention by virtue of the fact they were originally in the stand by squad and have all now made the step back up to the senior squad. Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers) was called into the squad when we trained at Loughborough due to injuries to Simon Shaw (London Wasps) and Tom Palmer (Leeds Tykes) and he impressed me in training with England."
ENGLAND SQUAD: Olly Barkley, Steve Borthwick, Ben Cohen, Martin Corry, Mark Cueto, Matt Dawson, Louis Deacon, Harry Ellis, Perry Freshwater, James Forrester, Andy Goode, Danny Grewcock, Andy Hazell, Charlie Hodgson, Chris Jones, Josh Lewsey, Lee Mears, Lewis Moody, Jamie Noon, Peter Richards, Pat Sanderson, Simon Shaw, Andy Sheridan, Ollie Smith, Matt Stevens, Steve Thompson, Mike Tindall, Mark van Gisbergen, Phil Vickery, Tom Voyce.
STAND BY SQUAD: Stuart Abbott, Duncan Bell, George Chuter, Andy Gomarsall, Tom Palmer, Tom Rees, James Simpson-Daniel, Matthew Tait.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.