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Wednesday 16 April 2014

in Brief: Two-try Stringer: I still have drive

Peter Stringer has called on Bath to build on their 16-6 LV Cup win over Exeter after his two-try debut at the Recreation Ground.

The 35-year-old, brought in on loan from Munster last week for two months at least after Michael Claassens suffered a broken thumb, showed his enthusiasm was undimmed after coming on just before half-time with his new side fortunate to be level at 6-6.

"I still have that ambition and drive to play at the highest level," said Stringer, who crossed twice in the space of five second-half minutes to turn the game in the hosts' favour.

"That's one of the reasons I was looking to come on loan somewhere and thankfully Bath came up with that opportunity and that's all I want to do – play and compete."

Thomas drafted into England squad

Henry Thomas has been called into the England squad as injury cover for Alex Corbisiero ahead of this weekend's Six Nations opener against Scotland at Twickenham.

Sale Sharks prop Thomas will train with the rest of the England squad at Pennyhill Park ahead of Saturday's match while Corbisiero remains at London Irish for treatment on a knee injury.

Harlequins' winger Ugo Monye has also been drafted into the 33-man training squad as Freddie Burns remains at Gloucester for treatment, also with a knee problem.

Injured Lauret to miss Italy game

Biarritz flanker Wenceslas Lauret has been left out of the France squad preparing for the Six Nations championship starting this weekend because of a head injury, the French rugby federation have announced.

Lauret has been replaced in the 33-man squad by Toulon's Pierrick Gunther.

Manager Philippe Saint-Andre will trim his squad to 23 players today before next Sunday's Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome.

"Our first concern is the players' health. Wenceslas gave a lot for his club and he must rest," Saint-Andre said in a statement.

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