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Luger poised for England comeback

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The highly-rated wing’s last Test came in England’s 2002 Six Nations clash against Italy, the 28-year-old subsequently rupturing his cruciate ligaments playing for England in the 2002 Singapore Sevens and undergoing a knee reconstruction.

But after making a comeback for his club at the end of December 2002, Luger is given an early chance to compete for a place in upcoming Six Nations championship.

The senior squad will train alongside an academy squad at Pennyhill Park on January 27/28 as Woodward’s men go in search of a Grand Slam.

“The game against France is a massive one. They are the Grand Slam champions and the only team to beat us last year and I’m sure that the competition for places to play them will be very intense," said Woodward.

“I must stress that the door is by no means closed to the Senior team and I’m sure that the players in the ‘A’ squad, which I’ll announce next week, will be making the process of selection very difficult for me over the next few sessions. While the five players not involved in the 22 for the first game against France at Twickenham will be made available to the ‘A’ squad I will also look at the players in the ‘A’ training squad, who if they impress will be considered for the Senior team.

“I have also decided that the first session in February will run for two days instead of three with the Senior and ‘A’ squads training together. Our preparations and results went well in the autumn and the clubs have been incredibly supportive. The partnership with the clubs is working really well and therefore, the players will return to their clubs on the evening of February. Martin Johnson and I will stay to support the RBS Six Nations launch the following day.”   

England squad: Neil Back (Leicester Tigers), Ben Cohen (Northampton Saints),  Phil Christopher (Bristol Shoguns), Lawrence Dallaglio (London Wasps), Matt Dawson (Northampton Saints), Andy Gomarsall (Gloucester), Will Greenwood (NEC Harlequins), Danny Grewcock (Bath), Richard Hill (Saracens), Charlie Hodgson (Sharks),  Martin Johnson  (Leicester Tigers), Ben Kay (Leicester Tigers), Dan Luger (NEC Harlequins), Jason Leonard  (NEC Harlequins),  Lewis Moody (Leicester Tigers), Mark Regan  (Leeds Tykes), Jason Robinson (Sharks), Simon Shaw (London Wasps), James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester), Tim Stimpson (Leicester Tigers), Mike Tindall (Bath),  Steve Thompson (Northampton Saints),  Phil Vickery (Gloucester),  Dorian West (Leicester Tigers), Jonny Wilkinson (Newcastle Falcons),  Joe Worsley (London Wasps),  Julian White (Bristol Shoguns).

 

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