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Strettle blow for England


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England have suffered a blow ahead of Saturday’s first Test against South Africa in Bloemfontein with wing David Strettle missing the game due to illness.

The Harlequins winger and has been admitted to hospital in Johannesburg for rehydration and monitoring.

Strettle is a victim of the stomach virus that has affected a handful of England players, and he will be replaced in the starting line-up by Gloucester’s Iain Balshaw, who moves up off the bench.

A replacement for Balshaw among the substitutes will be announced tomorrow after England train in Bloemfontein.

“David’s vomiting continued through yesterday and he was unable to take fluids by mouth. He was therefore admitted to a local hospital for rehydration and monitoring,” said England team doctor Simon Kemp.

“And while he has made good progress overnight, he will not be fit to play on Saturday.”

Centre Andy Farrell, meanwhile, was advised to take further rest today and did not train, but England say he is making good progress from his virus.

England head coach Brian Ashton said: “I obviously feel for David as it is his first tour, but Iain is an experienced player and will do a good job for us.”


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