Waldrom in for injured Dowson

Comment on this story
Thomas_Waldrom Steve Haag Gallo Images Thomas Waldrom replaces Phil Dowson on the bench.

Thomas Waldrom has replaced Phil Dowson on England's bench for the second rugby Test against South Africa at Ellis Park on Saturday.

England's Rugby Football Union said on Friday that Dowson had been withdrawn from the match-day 22 with a tight hamstring.

Uncapped Leicester No. 8 Waldrom scored two tries and won the Man of the Match award in the midweek game against South Africa Barbarians South in Kimberley and was key in England's 54-26 win.

The New Zealand-born loose forward will add valuable bulk for England against a typically physical Springboks pack.

England trail 1-0 in the three-match series after a 22-17 loss in Durban last weekend. – Sapa-AP

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines