Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / News
Follow@ESPNSCRUM
England in New Zealand 2014
Lancaster to wait before naming tourists
ESPN Staff
May 7, 2014
Stuart Lancaster waves to the travelling fans, Italy v England, Six Nations, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, March 15, 2014
The waiting game for Sturat Lancaster © Getty Images
Enlarge

Stuart Lancaster will not finalise England's touring party for June's three-Test series in New Zealand until he is more certain who will be available to him and when.

He will wait on the outcome of a host of club play-offs and finals before completing the squad lists for next month's New Zealand challenge, according to PA Sport. He is expected to need at least 40 players, owing to the seven-day gap between the Premiership final and England's first Test in Auckland on June 7.

None of the Premiership finalists will be available for the Auckland Test, leaving Lancaster waiting to adjust his squad depending on who reaches the final. He is then likely to name stronger sides for the other two Tests.

He will take 12 specialist front-rowers and four scrum-halves to solve the headache caused by the lack of time between the end of the domestic season and the New Zealand trip.

PA Sport said he was likely to name a 15-strong training group next week after the final round of the regular Premiership season when the semi-finalists are known.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

    LMA apologise for Mackay 'banter' defence

    The League Managers' Association (LMA) have apologised after coming under fire for defending controversial comments by former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay as "friendly text message banter"

  • Football

    Balotelli must agree to behaviour clause

    Brendan Rodgers has laid down the law to Mario Balotelli and told the controversial striker he must agree to behave if he is to complete his £16 million move to Liverpool

  • Rugby

    Argentina eye upset on home soil

    Argentina will fancy their chances of staging an upset when they welcome South Africa to Salta on Saturday. Scrum previews all the action from the Rugby Championship clash

  • Boxing

    Smith: I won't disappoint in world title fight

    Britain's Paul Smith says his fans "won't be disappointed" when he takes on WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham in Germany

  • Formula 1

    Rosberg pips Hamilton to fastest time

    Nico Rosberg topped the opening practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend by less than 0.1s from Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton on Friday morning

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!