Joe Launchbury has been called up to the England squad

England have sprung a surprise by promoting the uncapped Wasp back-row forward Joe Launchbury into their matchday squad for Saturday’s game against Fiji. The 21-year-old Launchbury, who did not feature in the original autumn selection, has been promoted ahead of the more experienced James Haskell, Phil Dowson and Ben Morgan who have all been released back to their clubs for the next round of Aviva premiership games.

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The Exeter-born, was outstanding for Wasps this term and it has shown with a Wasps team already bagging 19 points from 8 games. Having also played in this year’s IRB Junior World Championship. He started every match and excelled throughout but in the summer of 2012, he was ruled out of England’s senior summer tour through a knee injury sustained during pre-tour training.

There is still the debate, whether Launchbury should be playing lock or back row still remains, however a mouth-watering partnership with Courtney Lawes in the second row will not only be ruthless, but will set a firm platform for the future.

Ever since making his debut for Wasps against Leicester Tigers he has been an asset for the Wycombe-based club.

Do you agree, should England call up Joe Launchbury or will he justify his position on the pitch?

SO

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