Bath prop David Wilson has been called in the England squad for the autumn internationals

Last Updated: 26/09/12 3:18pm

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David Wilson: Called into England elite squad

David Wilson: Called into England elite squad

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Bath prop Dave Wilson has been promoted into England's elite squad for the autumn Tests against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

Wilson, who won the last of his 19 caps against Romania in last year's World Cup, replaces Matt Stevens, who has retired from international rugby.

His place in the England Saxons squad has been given to Saracens prop Mako Vunipola.

England coach Stuart Lancaster is yet to decide who will replace Ben Foden, who has been ruled out of the series because of an ankle injury.

But Lancaster is hopeful that Leicester scrum-half Ben Youngs, lock Louis Deacon and London Irish prop Alex Corbisiero will all be back in action by mid-October.

As part of their preparations for the campaign, Lancaster and his coaching team will travel to South Africa to watch the Springboks play New Zealand in Soweto on October 6.

"The three sides we are playing from the Rugby Championship all play very differently," Lancaster said.

"We are going to have to have a different gameplan to suit each side we play and adapt from game to game.

"New Zealand are the form side but they have been pushed, not only in the summer by Ireland, but also Argentina and South Africa in the last Test.

"There are some great challenges coming around the corner and it is great to benchmark ourselves."

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