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Tigers given England opportunities

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Ed Slater will go on his first England tour this summer after being selected in the squad to travel to New Zealand.

The uncapped Slater joins Leicester Tigers team-mates Geoff Parling, Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs in the party for the tour.
 
Freddie Burns, who joins Tigers from Gloucester Rugby for the start of the new season, is also included in the tour squad.

Two other uncapped Tigers – Graham Kitchener and Jamie Gibson – are included in the England squad for the match against the Barbarians at Twickenham next Sunday.
 
A squad of 30 players leaves for New Zealand on Tuesday and be available for the first Test at Eden Park on Saturday, June 7.
 
A further group will leave on June 2 following the Aviva Premiership Final and the Barbarians match.
 
England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We are excited about the squad we are taking to New Zealand and, while there continues to be challenges in selection, we will be well and truly ready for the first Test.
 
“It has a been good few days training and great to be able to work with a larger group of players in the lead up to the Barbarians game and the tour.
 
“As is often the case, there are some players unavailable through injury and it is a shame that recently both George Ford (Bath) and Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers) have had to withdraw due to shoulder and knee injuries sustained towards the end of the season.
 
“Anthony Watson (Bath) is being treated for a hamstring injury and will continue his recovery in England before a final decision is made on whether he will join us in New Zealand on the Monday flight post-Aviva Final and Barbarians game.”
 
Dan Cole and Tom Croft miss the tour due to injury and Tom Youngs will stay at home on compassionate grounds.
 
England squad flying to New Zealand on May 27
Loose-head props
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Matt Mullan (London Wasps)
Tight-head props
Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons) 
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Hookers
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Joe Gray (Harlequins)
Dave Ward (Harlequins)
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)
Locks
Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)

Back rows
James Haskell (London Wasps)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Scrum halves
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Fly halves
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)
Centres
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Back threes
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors)
Marland Yarde (London Irish)
 
England squad for Barbarians game  
Loose-head props
Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby)
Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks)
Tight-head props
Will Collier (Harlequins)
Kyle Sinkler (Harlequins)
Hookers
Rob Buchanan (Harlequins)
Tommy Taylor (Sale Sharks)
Locks
Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers)
Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)
Michael Paterson (Sale Sharks)
Back rows
Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)
James Gaskell (Sale Sharks)
Jamie Gibson (Leicester Tigers)
Luke Wallace (Harlequins)
Scrum halves
Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)
Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
Fly half
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Centres
Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby) 
Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Back threes
Elliot Daly (London Wasps)
Rob Miller (Sale Sharks)
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
 
England New Zealand tour (live on SkySports HD, all games 1935 NZST/0835 BST) 
Saturday, June 7: 1st Test – Eden Park, Auckland 
Saturday, June 14: 2nd Test – Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin 
Tuesday, June 17: Crusaders  – AMI (Addington) Stadium, Christchurch 
Saturday, June 21: 3rd Test – Waikato Stadium, Hamilton  
England XV v Barbarians
Sunday, June 1: Twickenham Stadium, 3pm (live on SkySports HD