26 Sep 2011

Waldron replaces Sheridan in England squad

12:05 pm on 26 September 2011

Former New Zealand representative Thomas Waldrom, who flew to New Zealand last week as cover for Nick Easter, has been officially added to the England Rugby World Cup squad as a replacement for prop Andrew Sheridan.

Uncapped Waldrom, a former New Zealand under-21 and New Zealand Maori representative, has not been allowed to train or stay with the squad since arriving in New Zealand but linked up with them in Auckland on Sunday and trained Monday.

Easter is struggling with a back problem that has ruled him out of the last two matches.

England manager Martin Johnson, who brought five props to the tournament, says he wanted to wait to see if he suffered any more injuries from Saturday's win over Romania before deciding on a permanant replacement for Sheridan, who has gone back to England for shoulder surgery.

He says Easter is making good progress as is Matt Stevens' sore ankle but with Thomas now out says it makes sense to get him into the squad officially so he can join in with training.