Narraway to captain England

Gloucester man in charge against Barbarians

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 25/05/11 12:02pm

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Narraway: Given the England captaincy against Barbarians

Narraway: Given the England captaincy against Barbarians

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Gloucester number eight Luke Narraway has been named as the England XV captain for their clash with the Barbarians on Sunday.

Narraway will lead England out at Twickenham for their non-cap international with the Baa-Baas, although the team naming has been delayed due to injury concerns.

Coach Stuart Lancaster will oversee the side, which is packed with players jostling for positions in Martin Johnson's World Cup plans.

Northampton scrum-half Lee Dickson has been ruled out of Sunday's game and the following Churchill Cup campaign because he needs to undergo shoulder surgery.

Lancaster says delaying the naming of his side will help him see who will be fit enough to take the field - but he did confirm Narraway would be leading them out as skipper.

Injuries

"We've got a couple of other injuries to assess and we'll have a look at some potential replacements in training today against the England Under 20 side," said Lancaster.

"Another 24 hours will give us time to finalise the squad before we move to Pennyhill Park and train at Twickenham on Friday.

"Our preparations have gone well overall and we're pleased to announce that Luke Narraway will captain the side, which is a great reflection of the form and leadership qualities he's demonstrated at Gloucester this season."

Fly-half Charlie Hodgson, who is heading to Saracens, is due to start as he looks to press his World Cup claims, with fellow full internationals Matt Banahan, Ugo Monye and James Simpson-Daniel also out to impress.

The Barbarians will name their team on Wednesday.

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