Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charlton Gets Late England Call-Up

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charlton Gets Late England Call-Up

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Byline: By Alan Hedley

Five team-mates make the top 22

Falcons scrum-half Hall Charlton has received a late call-up to the England squad for Sunday's game against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

The Newcastle number nine will sit on the bench alongside team-mate Tom May after an injury to Clive Stuart-Smith.

There are five Falcons in the match-day 22 ( Hugh Vyvyan captains the side, Jamie Noon is vice captain and Dave Walder starts at fly half. Newcastle's Michael Stephenson was named in the squad but has not been selected for Sunday.

Falcons duo Ben Gollings and Phil Dowson have also been named in the England Sevens squad for the penultimate IRB tournament in Bordeaux tomorrow.

Gollings leads the individual points scorers table in the IRB series with 300, 83 ahead of New Zealand's Justin Wilson. South Africa's Fabian Juries leads the try scoring table with 29, three ahead of Gollings and four ahead of Wilson. England play Kenya, Spain and Australia in their pool.

Meanwhile, Falcons No8 Hugh Vyvyan has spoken of the sense of anticipation having been named England captain for the Barbarians clash. "I have played in the last couple of games and I am very excited about it, especially captaining the team," said Vyvyan.

"The Powergen Cup was fantastic and very emotional for me, and to be captain of England is awesome so it's an important day for me personally."

Vyvyan will also captain England on their Churchill Cup tour to Canada, with Stephenson, Walder and Noon on the trip.

The Falcons will be making a pre-season tour to Ireland in August, opening up against Connacht on Tuesday August 17, and ending the tour against Heineken Cup semi-finalists Munster on Monday, August 23.

The match against Connacht gives new back five forward Mike McCarthy the chance to come up against his old team, having signed for the Falcons from the Galway-based Parker Pen semi-finalists last month.

New forwards coach Ross Nesdale will also get a chance to return to Ireland, for whom he won 13 caps between 1997-99.

* TYNEDALE centre Paul Mooney has been named in the England Counties for the tour to Canada next month, joined by Northumberland County teammates Jason Oakes and Ed Thorpe, both playing for Otley, while Alnwick's Danny Hodgson will be assistant manager on the trip which includes games against Vancouver Island Crimson Tide (June 12) and a Canadian Super League All-Star team in Edmonton (June 18). …

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