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England call for Saints octet

All eight of the Saints England call ups © Getty Images/RFU

Rugby News England call for Saints octet

Alex Waller has earned a first senior England call, the match winner one of eight Aviva Premiership winning Saints jetting off to New Zealand to join Stuart Lancaster's updated squad.

Waller, who burrowed over at the death of extra-time to hand the Saints a first ever English crown, will be looking to make the step up from Saxons level and is joined by man of the match from Saturday's epic 24-20 win over Saracens, Stephen Myler.

The fly half will be hoping to add to a cap he won on last summer's England tour.

A further six Saints have also been retained from the Six Nations squad, trophy lifting skippers Dylan Hartley and Tom Wood among them as well as Luther Burrell, Lee Dickson, Ben Foden and Courtney Lawes.

Players who took part in the Aviva Premiership final will not be available for this Saturday morning's opener at Eden Park, but will be in contention when the tour moves to Dunedin a week later for Test two of a three match series.

ENGLAND SQUAD ADDITIONS FOR NZ TOUR
Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)

Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Alex Waller (Northampton Saints)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

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