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England call on veteran No.8 Easter

England call on veteran No.8 Easter

Harlequins forward Nick Easter has been called up to England’s Rugby World Cup squad as a permanent replacement for Billy Vunipola.

Saracens No.8 Vunipola suffered a knee ligament strain during Saturday’s game against Wales and had a scan today.

Easter also joined up with the squad today and England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: “It’s unfortunate for Billy but the scan shows an injury which will likely require six weeks’ recovery.

“He has worked really hard and committed everything to the last three months but he is a young man with a bright future ahead of him and he will be an integral part of this team for years to come.

“Nick was unlucky to miss out on final selection. He is a specialist No.8 and an experienced player and we know he will make a big contribution.”

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