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Four Saints off to South Africa on Saxons tour

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Saints Luther Burrell, Kieran Brookes, James Craig and defence coach Alan Dickens are all heading to South Africa for the England Saxons summer tour next month.

The Saxons play two matches against South Africa’s second team, with the first being held in Bloemfontain (10th June) and the second in George (17th June).

Burrell and Brookes contribute 29 Test caps for England to the Saxons set up with 69 Test caps across the squad in total, whilst James Craig receives his first call up to the Saxons.

Saints defence coach Alan Dickens will act as assistant coach alongside Andy Titterell (Wasps) with Ali Hepher (Exeter Chiefs) taking up the role of head coach.

Speaking about the squad announcement, Hepher said: “Eddie Jones has given us a strong development squad to take on a South Africa A side.

“The squad has a good mixture of experienced players and emerging talent. 

“Playing South Africa twice in South Africa is going to be a great challenge and a significant test for us but it is also an incredibly exciting opportunity for the players and management to prove themselves. 

“The series will give the players international experience and will be an important stepping stone towards international honours."

Forwards:
Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks)
Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs)
Tommy Taylor (Wasps)
George McGuigan (Newcastle Falcons)
Jake Cooper-Woolley (Wasps)
Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints) *16 senior England caps
James Craig (Northampton Saints)
Mitch Lees (Exeter Chiefs)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby) *22 senior England caps
Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)               
Donovan Armand (Exeter Chiefs)
Matthew Kvesic (Gloucester) * Two senior England caps
James Chisholm (Harlequins)
Sam Jones (Wasps)

Backs:
Dan Robson (Wasps)
Michael Young (Newcastle Falcons)
Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby)
Danny Cipriani (Wasps) *14 senior England caps
Christian Wade (Wasps) *One senior England cap
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby) *One senior England cap
Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
Nick Tompkins (Saracens)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints) *13 senior England caps
Alex Lewington (London Irish) 
Sam James (Sale Sharks)
Mike Haley (Sale Sharks)

Management Team:
Head Coach - Ali Hepher (Exeter Chiefs)
Assistant Coach - Andy Titterrell (Wasps)
Assistant Coach - Alan Dickens (Northampton Saints)
Team Manager - Richard Hill