Red rose call for Healey

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The Independent Online

England may have been too quiet for comfort since beating South Africa in the second game of the pool stage more than three weeks ago, but Austin Healey's arrival in Australia is certain to crank up the decibels. The red rose hierarchy sent for the outspoken Leicester back yesterday after reporting continuing concerns over the fitness of Josh Lewsey and Iain Balshaw, both of whom missed the unimpressive 28-17 quarter-final victory over Wales.

Lewsey withdrew from the tie on Saturday after damaging a hamstring in training; Balshaw remains troubled by ankle and knee injuries. There are further issues. Paul Grayson, the reserve outside-half, is struggling; there are concerns at scrum-half, where Kyran Bracken is having constant treatment on his fragile back; and there is a potential problem with Will Greenwood, who appeared concussed when he left the field after 54 minutes yesterday.

Healey, who was Leicester's full-back on Saturday, can play in virtually every back-line position. A firm decision on his participation in the tournament is likely to be made tomorrow.

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