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."
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Mark Cueto has today announced that he will retire from playing at the end of the current season. Mark is currently the All-Time Leading Try Scorer in the Aviva Premiership with 87 tries having overtaken former team mate Steve Hanley's record of 75 tries in February 2013.
Despite trailing by three points at the interval, Sale Sharks European Cup campaign ended at Thomond Park to a Munster side who were desperate to finish on a winning note after failing to qualify for the Quarter Finals.
Sale Sharks' European campaign this season has been a case of what might have been but back-row forward Mark Easter insists he and his teammates can hold their heads high even if it ends without a win.