Saints quartet get England call for Barbarians battle

Gareth Denman (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
Gareth Denman (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
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Gareth Denman is one of four Saints players named in the England squad for Sunday’s clash with the Barbarians at Twickenham.

The former Rotherham prop has been rewarded for an impressive season at Franklin’s Gardens, with Jon Fisher, Alex Waller and Lee Dickson also included.

Dickson, who has 18 caps to his name, will skipper the side in the game.

Kieran Brookes, who will join Saints from Newcastle Falcons this summer, is also in the squad.

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.

“It gives us some valuable time together before the training camps begin next month to assess those who could come into the group before the World Cup and also a chance to assess those who should come into the reckoning beyond 2015.

“The Barbarians team is full of quality and experienced internationals who will play together this week against Ireland ahead of our game so it will provide a real test for this group and we are looking forward to that challenge.”

England XV squad to play Barbarians: Backs: Will Chudley (Exeter Chiefs), Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Lee Dickson (Saints), Shane Geraghty (London Irish), Alex Lewington (London Irish), Mathew Tait (Leicester Tigers), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Christian Wade (Wasps), Marland Yarde (Harlequins). Forwards: Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Jake Cooper-Woolley (Wasps), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Gareth Denman (Saints), Jon Fisher (Saints), James Gaskell (Wasps), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers), Tommy Taylor (Sale Sharks), Alex Waller (Saints), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons).