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STAR SLADE IS A BLOODY MARVEL.

RISING star Henry Slade will have had FIVE blood tests by the time he has finished his shift in an England shirt at Twickenham today. The Exeter man (right), named at centre for the clash with the Barbarians, was diagnosed with diabetes when he was aged 18 and has to constantly monitor his blood sugar levels. Slade, 22, a Junior world Cup winner in 2013, said: "as soon as i get into the ground, before the warm-up, i will test my blood. if it is low i will have a couple of Jelly Babies, if it is high i will have a jab. "Then i go out and do the kicking stuff and individual warm-up and test again before the team warm-up. ''Then i test again before kick-off, and then at halftime and after the match. The way to deal with it is to keep testing. You have to control it." wasps' lock Joe Launchbury will play his first game at HQ since September following a neck injury.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 31, 2015
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