Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ENGLAND CALL-UP IS WHAT JOSH DESERVES ; Sale Sharks Boss Delighted with International Recognition for Beaumont and Team-Mates

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ENGLAND CALL-UP IS WHAT JOSH DESERVES ; Sale Sharks Boss Delighted with International Recognition for Beaumont and Team-Mates

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JOSH Beaumont's stellar season with Sale Sharks has been rewarded with a place in the England squad to tackle the Barbarians at Twickenham next weekend.

The 23-year-old number eight has been included in a 24-man squad revealed by England coach Stuart Lancaster yesterday, with Beaumont joined in the party by Sale colleague Tommy Taylor as well as fly- half Danny Cipriani who is one of 10 players from England's 50-man preliminary World Cup training party to be included for the Baa- Baas clash.

But it's the inclusion of Beaumont - the son of former England legend Bill Beaumont - that will capture the public's imagination.

Beaumont has just wrapped up a magnificent individual season with Sale which saw him end the campaign by being voted as the player's player of the year in the Sharks' official end-of-season awards.

He has caught the eye of Lancaster on several occasions this term when the England boss has watched Sale in the flesh and Beaumont's club boss, Steve Diamond, has gone on record as saying it's only a question of time before he is selected by England.

Beaumont was drafted into the England Saxons squad for their trip to play Ireland back in February but is now set to figure in Lancaster's party to tackle the Barbarians on May 31.

And Diamond, couldn't disguise his delight at the former Durham University student's callup. "Both Josh and Tommy thoroughly deserve their call-ups," said the Sale boss.

"They have both had very good seasons for us. It's another important step in their long-term development and it's great for them and for us to know that they are on the England radar, especially looking at the post-World Cup period.

"It also proves that playing at a club like Sale can earn you international recognition and dispels the theory that you need to play at one of the so-called fashionable clubs to be picked."

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "This is an exciting squad with a good mix of young players who have performed well in the Premiership this season, players on the fringes of the World Cup squad and those already selected. …

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