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Trio called up by England

Anthony Allen, James Simpson-Daniel and Chris Robshaw have been called up to the England squad as injury cover ahead of the clash with South Africa on Saturday.

Allen and Simpson-Daniel replace London Wasps centres Riki Flutey (calf injury) and Dominic Waldouck (posterolateral disc bulge), who are both undergoing rehabilitation with their club under the Wasps and England medical teams.

Robshaw is cover for Joe Worsley (London Wasps) who has a cheek injury that is being monitored by the England medics.

Meanwhile the Rugby Football Union have confirmed that England will play three warm-up games next summer ahead of the World Cup In New Zealand.

Martin Johnson's side will face Wales at Twickenham on August 6 before travelling to the Millennium Stadium for a return fixture just seven days later.

They then take on Ireland at Aviva Stadium on August 27 before departing for New Zealand the following week.

Team manager Johnson said: "These three games are an important element in our build-up to Rugby World Cup 2011.

"We're looking forward to playing both Wales home and away and Ireland as part of our preparation, and they should be excellent contests."


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