Haskell misses out on England squad place with Croft and Wood set to recover from injury
19:54 GMT, 5 July 2012
James Haskell, who played in England’s last Test against South Africa, has lost out on a senior squad place for next season.
Haskell was called into the tour party because of injuries and was praised by England head coach Stuart Lancaster.
He ended the trip in the team for the
first time since the World Cup campaign, but Lancaster has placed the
flanker in the reserve squad.
Missing out: Haskell
Haskell, who returns to Wasps in
September after playing in Japan and New Zealand, has lost out because first-choice back rowers Tom Wood and Tom Croft are expected to be fit
for the four autumn internationals.
Saracens wing David Strettle,
Northampton prop Paul Doran-Jones and Harlequins wing Ugo Monye are also
left out despite going to South Africa.
Lancaster has named a 32-man party who will train with a Saxons squad at Loughborough University next month.
However, he stressed: ‘There is
always movement which opens the door for players and I am sure next
season will be no different.’
Meanwhile, England World Cup winner Neil Back is to be forwards coach at Edinburgh following his decision to leave Rugby Lions.
Back joined the National League team last season after quitting Leeds when they were relegated from the Aviva Premiership.
Northampton have signed Wasps centre Dominic Waldouck.