Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vyvyan Receives England Call-Up

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vyvyan Receives England Call-Up

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Byline: By Alan Hedley

Hugh Vyvyan has been called up to the England bench for Saturday's Test match against the Canadians at Twickenham.

The 28-year-old former Falcon, now skipper of Saracens, takes over from Gloucester flanker Andy Hazell, who steps up to the starting XV for the injured Joe Worsley.

Vyvyan, who left Kingston Park at the end of last season to move to London, toured Argentina with England in 2002 and has played in a non-cap international against the Barbarians.

He also captained the England side in two Churchill Cup campaigns in North America and he gets his call-up with Worsley picking up a dead leg playing for Wasps against Harlequins last Friday and with South Africa and Australia on the horizon Robinson is in no mood to risk the in-form back-rower against the Canadians.

Scrum-half Andy Gomarsall is now expected to be fit to face Canada after battling with a back problem but Newcastle's Hall Charlton, who is on the bench, could get on at some stage for his first cap. Stockton-born prop Graham Rowntree will be as excited as ever when he pulls on an England shirt for the 46th time on Saturday. The 33-year-old Leicester forward said: "It is awesome to be back. I was like a kid at Christmas when I was told I was in. It means as much to me as it ever has done," he said.

"I am delighted to be involved with such a talented young squad."

Rowntree, who made his debut as a substitute against Scotland in 1995, missed out on making England's victorious World Cup squad, months after helping them to the Grand Slam.

"It is tough to break into this squad," he added. "And when you are there you have to perform at a very high level otherwise you can be sure that there is always someone waiting to come in for you.

"I never thought that I had a chance of being involved for the Canada game. I have learned never to look that far ahead.

"It is impossible to explain what it is like to put on an England shirt. There is an absolute fear of letting not just the 75,000 people in the crowd down but also the people watching outside and the people who want to play in your position. …

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