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Clark, Slater out of England rugby tour

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630   //    28 May 2013, 20:51 IST

LONDON (AFP) –

England's Stuart Lancaster before the start of the Six Nations match against Italy at Twickenham on March 10, 2013

England head coach Stuart Lancaster before the start of the Six Nations match against Italy at Twickenham Stadium in London, on March 10, 2013. Lancaster has announced that forwards Calum Clark and Ed Slater have both withdrawn from the squad for England’s tour of Uruguay and Argentina due to injury.

Forwards Calum Clark and Ed Slater have both withdrawn from the squad for England’s tour of Uruguay and Argentina due to injury, head coach Stuart Lancaster revealed on Tuesday.

Northampton flanker Clark has yet to recover from an ankle injury sustained in his side’s Premiership semi-final win over Saracens, while Leicester lock Slater aggravated a tricep problem in the Tigers’ Premiership final win over Northampton at the weekend.

Wasps-bound lock Kearnan Myall has been brought into the squad, which now totals 31 players, for a tour match in Montevideo on Sunday and two Tests against Argentina.

“It’s unfortunate for both Calum and Ed that they won’t be able to join up with England this summer, but I’m sure they will be back and pushing for places next season,” said Lancaster.

England are taking a depleted squad to South America due to the involvement of several of their leading players in the British and Irish Lions’ tour of Hong Kong and Australia.

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