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Catt adds to England’s woes



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Mike Catt says he could miss England’s tour of South Africa because of a back injury, which only adds another selection headache for coach Brian Ashton.

Ashton has to do without 29 players involved in European (Heineken Cup) finals and his stand in Captain Catt is likely to miss out on the tour meaning that he will be forced to pick an entirely new Captain.

“I haven’t been able to play for five or six weeks because of my back and I will speak to Brian about the right thing to do,” said the 35-year-old.

“A few decisions have to be made and I need to see where I am physically.” “From a purely selfish point of view, the chance to captain England in South Africa would be brilliant,” he added.

“The Tests are going to be a massive challenge and they are a huge opportunity for those players who are chosen to tour

Catt captained England in their final two Six Nations games against France and Wales when Phil Vickery was injured will miss London Irish’s final Premiership game of the season against Northampton on Saturday.

The England squad to play two Tests against the Springboks, in Bloemfontein on 26 May and Pretoria on 2 June, will be named on Tuesday, leave for South Africa on 15 May.

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