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England name Churchill Cup squad

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While some of the names included may have been hoping to go on the senior tour to Australasia, the North American touring squad contains some strong players, the bulk of whom have starred for the England 'A' side recently during the shadow Six Nations.

Leeds pair Tom Palmer and Phil Christophers, as well as Leicester's Ollie Smith, may be the players most likely to have made the step up to the senior group, but they form part of a young and exciting Churchill Cup squad instead.

England face Canada on June 14 and the USA on June 21, both at Vancouver's Thunderbird Stadium, with a potential final on June 28 at the same venue.

England Sevens pair Henry Paul and Phil Greening are included, while veteran Wasps prop Will Green adds some solidity in the scrum.

Newcastle fly-half Dave Walder gets a call-up after making his long-awaited return against the Barbarians on Sunday, while powerful Sharks wing Mark Cueto will be a try-scoring threat, along with Leeds fullback Dan Scarbrough.

England squad (Churchill Cup):

Backs: Dan Scarbrough (Leeds), Michael Horak (London Irish), Phil Christophers (Bristol Shoguns), Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks), Henry Paul (Gloucester), Fraser Waters (Wasps), Ollie Barkley (Bath), Dave Walder (Newcastle), Martyn Wood (Wasps), Nick Walshe (Sale Sharks).

Forwards: David Flatman (Saracens), Neil Hatley (London Irish), Will Green (Wasps), Andrew Sheridan (Bristol Shoguns), Andrew Titterrell (Sale Sharks), Phil Greening (Wasps), Matt Cairns (Saracens), Tom Palmer (Leeds), Alex Brown (Bristol Shoguns), Chris Jones (Sale Sharks), Hugh Vyvyan (Newcastle), Pete Anglesea (Sale Sharks), Dan Hyde (Leeds)

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