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England Saxons
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Coach Flag of England Jim Mallinder
Captain David Barnes
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The England Saxons are the second national rugby union team behind the English national side. They are one of the three sides that compete every year in the Churchill Cup, alongside the full national teams of Canada and the United States (the two most recent competitions, in 2006 and 2007, also involved Scotland A, Ireland A and New Zealand Māori). They are currently coached by Jim Mallinder.

ConceptEdit

England A, as it was originally known (since 1992) changed their name to England Saxons shortly before the start of the 2006 (Barclays) Churchill Cup. Prior to 1992 they had been known as England B.

As well as playing in the Churchill Cup in Canada and the United States the team also take part in matches against opponents from the European Six Nations teams (England, France, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and Wales) as part of a second team development process to encourage greater strength in depth for all nations taking part. As quoted by the then-England Rugby head coach Andy Robinson:

"The future success of rugby in England depends, to a large extent, on the next best 15 players."

"The England Saxons will give up-and-coming players a platform to perform in an international environment and to show that they can make the step up when required."

Players do not receive a 'cap', but is still a huge honour.

TournamentsEdit

Barclays Churchill Cup

Six Nations A (Second team participation)

Current/Imminent Tournament Fixtures Edit

Template:Churchill Cup Fixtures 2007

England Saxons SquadEdit

Backs

Name Club Birth
Nick AbendanonBath Rugby1986
Delon Armitage London Irish 1983
Olly BarkleyBath Rugby1981
Danny CiprianiLondon Wasps1987
Lee DicksonNewcastle Falcons1985
Paul DigginNorthampton Saints1985
Ayoola Erinle London Wasps1980
Shane GeraghtyLondon Irish1986
Adrian JarvisNEC Harlequins1983
Ryan LambGloucester Rugby1986
Nils MordtLondon Irish1983
Topsy OjoLondon Irish1985
Paul Sackey London Wasps 1979
Dan ScarbroughSaracens1978
Kevin SorrellSaracens1977
Tom VoyceLondon Wasps1981
Richard Wigglesworth Sale Sharks 1983

Forwards

Name Club Birth
Richard BlazeWorcester Warriors1985
Chris BrookerNEC Harlequins1986
John BrooksNEC Harlequins1977
Jordan CraneLeicester Tigers1986
Tom CroftLeicester Tigers1985
Phil DowsonNewcastle Falcons1981
Jim EvansNEC Harlequins1980
Jack ForsterGloucester Rugby1987
James HaskellLondon Wasps1985
Neal HatleyLondon Irish1969
Nick Kennedy London Irish1981
Michael LipmanBath Rugby1980
Tom MerceySaracens1987
David PaiceLondon Irish1983
Kieran RocheLondon Irish1979
David SeymourSaracens 1984
Will SkinnerNEC Harlequins1984
Matt ThompsonNewcastle Falcons1982
Ben Woods Newcastle Falcons 1982

External linksEdit

Template:Rugby union in England Template:Churchill Cup

NotesEdit

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