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Dowson to captain Saxons.

Byline: Andrew Baldock

Newcastle forward Phil Dowson will captain England Saxons against Italy A in Sicily on Saturday, writes Andrew Baldock.

Dowson takes over from his back-row colleague Jordan Crane, who led the Saxons to an impressive 31-13 victory over Ireland A at Leicester last Friday.

Leicester No 8 Crane and several other possibles are set to be on Premiership duty this weekend. Matches are Gloucester v Leicester, Saracens v Worcester and Wasps v Sale. Saxons coach Steve Bates said: "We have agreed to release a number of players to play for their clubs. It's a great indication that we can still field such a strong and competitive squad."

Saxons debutants are wings John Rudd and Tom Biggs, prop Alex Clarke, Bath lock Peter Short and Harlequins No 8 Tom Guest.

ENGLAND SAXONS: N Abendanon (Bath); J Rudd (Newcastle), D Armitage (London Irish), A Crockett (Bath), T Biggs (Leeds); A Jarvis (Harlequins), L Dickson (Newcastle); A Clarke (Bristol), D Paice (London Irish), J Hobson (Bristol), P Short (Bath), N Kennedy (London Irish), P Dowson (Newcastle, capt.), B Woods (Newcastle), T Guest (Harlequins). Replacements: A Long (Newcastle), D Wilson (Newcastle), A Springgay (Bayonne), W Skinner (Harlequins), D Care (Harlequins), M Brown (Harlequins), T Ojo (London Irish).
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Feb 7, 2008
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