England call up London Irish centre Joseph for South Africa tourBy Alan Manicom
May 10, 2012
London Irish centre Jonathan Joseph has been called up for England's summer tour to South Africa.
The exciting young centre joins Exiles prop Alex Corbisiero in Stuart Lancaster's 42-man squad.
Joseph, whose 21st birthday is later this month, put in a sparkling performance in front of the watching England boss as Irish beat Gloucester 52-18 in their final Aviva Premiership game of the season at Madejski Stadium last Saturday.
He scored one try after an outrageous dummy before running half the length of the pitch and made another, prompting Exiles' director of rugby Brian Smith to say: "I am sure Stuart will be thrilled with what he saw.
"Jonathan is as good a 13 as there is and England are lucky to have him."
England's backs will be coached in South Africa by Mike Catt, who quit as London Irish's assistant coach last week.
New faces in the squad include Christian Wade, Carl Fearns, Joe Launchbury, George Lowe, George Robson, Joe Gray and Tom Youngs, while there are recalls for Danny Care, Ugo Monye and James Haskell.
England have Test matches in Durban (June 9), Johannesburg (June 16) and Port Elizabeth (June 23), with midweek matches against a SA Barbarians South XV in Kimberley (June 13) and a SA Barbarians North XV in Potchefstroom (June 19).
Forwards: Mouritz Botha (Saracens), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints), Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints), Carl Fearns (Bath Rugby), Joe Gray (Harlequins), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Otago Highlanders), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Lee Mears (Bath Rugby), Ben Morgan (Scarlets), Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors), Tom Palmer (Stade Francais), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Chris Robshaw (capt, Harlequins), George Robson (Harlequins), Matt Stevens (Saracens), Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Backs: Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers), Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers), Ben Foden (Northampton Saints), Alex Goode (Saracens), Charlie Hodgson (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), George Lowe (Harlequins), Ugo Monye (Harlequins), David Strettle (Saracens), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins), Christian Wade (London Wasps), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Not considered due to injury or suspension: Chris Brooker (knee),Stuart Hooper (arm), Calum Clark (suspended), Tom Croft (neck), Louis Deacon (hamstring), Courtney Lawes (shin), Charlie Sharples (shoulder ), Joe Simpson (shoulder), Henry Thomas (knee), Rob Webber (shoulder), David Wilson (wrist), Tom Wood (toe), Nick Wood (chest).