England call-up three players ahead of ABs test
England have called up Tom Biggs (Bath), Freddie Burns (Gloucester) and Nick Wood (Gloucester) to their training squad ahead of Saturday's test against New Zealand at Twickenham (3.30am NZ time Sunday).
Biggs replaces Ugo Monye, who remains at Harlequins for treatment on a calf injury; Burns comes in for Toby Flood (toe); and Nick Wood is temporary cover for Alex Cobisiero (knee) as Saxons props Matt Mullan and Nathan Catt are injured along with Joe Marler.
Thirty-four players in total reported to the team base of Pennyhill Park to start preparations for a game England needs to win to avoid a 'Sanzar sweep' of three straight defeats in the autumn internationals.
"Tom is next in line from the Saxons and we are looking forward to getting a look at him," said England coach Stuart Lancaster.
"Freddie has been in for two of the last three weeks so we know what he can bring and Nick Wood will provide cover as we manage Alex's knee at the start of the week.
"Toby Flood's toe has been re-examined and there is no bone broken but we will need to see how it settles down over the next 24 hours."
England squad: Forwards: Mouritz Botha (Saracens), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), James Haskell (London Wasps), Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Tom Palmer (London Wasps), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), David Paice (London Irish), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt), George Robson (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers), David Wilson (Bath Rugby), Nick Wood (Gloucester Rugby), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers). Backs: Chris Ashton (Saracens), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Tom Biggs (Bath Rugby), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby), Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).