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Fri Apr 18 10:05:24 SAST 2014

England replacement Dowson forced out by injury

Reuters | 15 June, 2012 12:050 Comments
Jordan Turner-Hall is held by Phil Dowson during the England training session held at Northwood Crusaders Rugby Club on June 2, 2012 in Durban
Image by: David Rogers / Getty Images

England have been forced to make a late change to their replacements for the second test against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday, with loose forward Phil Dowson ruled out due to injury. 

Dowson is suffering from a tight hamstring after Thursday’s training session and the medical staff decided to withdraw him from the match 22, England said in a statement on Friday.  

Dowson’s place amongst the replacements is taken by the uncapped, New Zealand-born Thomas Waldrom, who was the man-of-the-match in the midweek victory over the Southern Barbarians in Kimberley.  

The 29-year-old former Hurricanes and Crusaders player showed exactly the sort of power and physicality that England will need against the Springboks if they are to keep the three-test series alive on Saturday, after losing the first 22-17 in Durban last weekend.

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