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."
Two British & Irish Lions are retiring at the end of the season, and they will be facing each other as Ugo Monye of Harlequins will be taking on Mark Cueto of Sale Sharks at The AJ Bell Stadium next Saturday (25th) at 2pm.
Don't miss Danny Cipriani's attempt to outfox England captain Chris Robshaw at our game against Quins next Saturday. Robshaw has battled to keep the world's top fly-half's quiet in England colours and will attempt to stifle Danny's exciting talent when they face up against each other at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Our last home game of the season is on Saturday 9th May when we take on Newcastle Falcons at The AJ Bell Stadium, kick off at 2pm. Join us to watch Mark Cueto play for the last time at home, infront of his much loved fans.