MICHAEL PATERSON has joined the England tour squad in Dunedin. Michael was one of the Aviva Premiership stand out players last season and thoroughly deserves his call up.
The 29-year-old forward trained with the group today ahead of the game against the Crusaders in his native Christchurch next Tuesday.
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We wanted some second row cover and with Michael having trained with us leading up to the Barbarians game and knowing our systems it made sense to call on him as he was in Christchurch visiting family. He trained well with us this morning and will be in contention for selection for what is an important match against the Crusaders."