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Trio added to England squad

Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns, Bath wing Tom Biggs and Gloucester prop Nick Wood have been added to the England squad to cover injuries.

Toby Flood was cleared of a broken toe after England's 16-15 defeat to South Africa but he is expected to be ruled out of next Saturday's clash with New Zealand, hence Burns' call-up.

Burns is joined in the England camp today by Biggs, who received his first senior call-up after Ugo Monye suffered a calf injury, and Wood, who will act as precautionary cover for Alex Corbisiero.

The England medics are being cautious over Corbisiero, who played against South Africa but is only three matches into his comeback from a knee injury.

England coach Stuart Lancaster said: "Tom is next in line from the Saxons and we are looking forward to getting a look at him.

"Freddie has been in for two of the last three weeks (as injury cover for Jordan Turner-Hall) so we know what he can bring and Nick Wood will provide cover as we manage Alex's knee at the start of the week.

"Toby Flood's toe has been re-examined and there is no bone broken but we will need to see how it settles down over the next 24 hours."

Burns, 22, could go straight into England's 23-man squad to face New Zealand next Saturday.

Owen Farrell replaced Flood in the second half at Twickenham yesterday and would be England's likely starting fly-half against the world champions.

Burns is the leading points scorer in the Premiership this season and kicked five penalties and two conversions in Gloucester's 29-3 Aviva Premiership victory over Sale yesterday.

Anthony Allen did not link up with England on Sunday, remaining at home following his withdrawal from Leicester's Premiership defeat at Wasps due to illness.