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England call for Hipkiss

PUBLISHED: 16:05 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:30 12 July 2010

Dan Hipkiss - back in England squad.

Dan Hipkiss - back in England squad.

Leicester centre and former Diss player Dan Hipkiss has been called into the England rugby squad for next month's New Zealand tour.

Hipkiss replaces fly-half Danny Cipriani, who faces six months on the sidelines after suffering a fracture.

Leicester centre and former Diss player Dan Hipkiss has been called into the England rugby squad for next month's New Zealand tour.

Hipkiss replaces fly-half Danny Cipriani, who faces six months on the sidelines after suffering a fracture.

England manager Martin Johnson has opted not to fill the tour vacancy with another number 10.

Hipkiss leapt into contention despite originally failing to make either the senior group or the England Saxons squad for their Barclays Churchill Cup campaign in the USA and Canada.

Hipkiss said: “I obviously cannot help but feel for Danny and the injury he has suffered, and my thoughts are with him. However, this gives me a chance to tour New Zealand and it will be a very tough and challenging environment. The Rugby World Cup last year will hold me in good stead and it is an opportunity I am looking forward to.”

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