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Former Wellington player Thomas Waldrom has been added to England squad…

NZ Newswire
Thomas Waldrom in action for the Exeter Chiefs.© Stu Forster/Getty Images Thomas Waldrom in action for the Exeter Chiefs.

Former Hurricanes and Crusaders No.8 Thomas Waldrom is one of nine players added to England’s rugby squad for their November internationals.

The 31-year-old was called up as injury cover for Saracens backrower Billy Vunipola for the Tests against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia.

Vunipola was concussed in his club’s European defeat by Munster on Friday.

“We always anticipated bringing in additional players following the European games, either to cover injuries or for training,” coach Stuart Lancaster said.

Waldrom, who earned the last of his four England caps 20 months ago, is one of three Exeter players added to the 33-man squad named last week.

Dave Ewers and Henry Slade join Waldrom as injury cover for Wasps loose forward James Haskell and Northampton centre Luther Burrell.

Burrell injured a hand in their win over the Ospreys while Haskell is fighting a viral infection.

Props Henry Thomas and Alex Waller have been added after frontrowers David Wilson and Joe Marler, picked up calf and thigh injuries and Ben Foden, Matt Kvesic, Anthony Watson and Richard Wigglesworth will also train with the squad.

Thomas was born in Lower Hutt and played his club rugbyand learned his craft with the Avalon club. He is also a former Wellington Lions and NZ Maori representative. A good Super Rugby player, he never quite made it to the highest level in NZ. Locals are quite proud of his achievements since he left NZ.

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