Rugby Union: England lose Guscott

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Jeremy Guscott, the Lions' match-winning hero of the second Test in South Africa, has withdrawn from the England squad for the one-off international against Australia.

The Bath centre wants to return home to see his new-born daughter Shaskia and the selectors have called up Northampton's Matt Allen in his place for the game on 12 July at Sydney Football Stadium.

It is the fourth change since the 27-man squad was announced eight days ago. The selectors called up winger Jon Sleightholme (Bath), hooker Richard Cockerill (Leicester) and centre Nick Greenstock (Wasps) last Friday in place of injured trio Adedayo Adebayo, Phil Greening and Will Greenwood. The 23-year-old Allen has toured Canada and the Netherlands with his school team and played for England Under-18s in their junior grand slam of 1992.