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England Injury Update

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Following a medical review this morning, The England medical team can confirm that England and Sale Sharks prop, Andrew Sheridan, will not be fit to play for England in the second test against New Zealand on June 21st, as a result of the laceration he received to his left eye in last Saturday's test match.

Andrew Sheridan will remain with the squad and continue his treatment with the England medical team. David Wilson (Newcastle Falcons), who is currently with the England Saxons squad competing in the Barclays Churchill Cup has been called up to replace Andrew and he will arrive in Christchurch on Tuesday morning (NZ time).

Andrew Sheridan said "I'm obviously very disappointed to get the news but I've got to follow the medical advice I've received. The laceration should be fully healed in a fortnight."

David Wilson said "My immediate thoughts are with Andrew and I'm pleased to hear that his recovery is expected to be a relatively quick one.

"I knew England Saxons was a possible stepping stone for me but I didn't expect the call up to come quite so soon!

"I'm disappointed to be leaving the Saxons, I was really looking forward to playing in the Barclays Churchill Cup final, but obviously this is a huge honour and not something I could say no to.

"I played against the Barbarians a couple of weeks ago but I massively want to get my first cap. I know it may not happen in New Zealand but it's a big step in the right direction and it'll be a great experience for me."

England Saxons play Scotland A in the Barclays Churchill Cup final in Chicago on Saturday, June 21, kick off 2.05pm.

England Saxons head coach Steve Bates has yet to make a decision on Wilson's replacement.

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