England A call up Armand

Former Stormers loose forward Don Armand has been included in the England Saxons squad to tour South Africa in June.

Armand joined the Exeter Chiefs in 2013 and has since qualified to play international rugby for England.

Seven England Test players are in the 27-man Saxons squad, including Danny Cipriani, Kieran Brookes, Dave Attwood, Matt Kvesic, Christian Wade, Semesa Rokoduguni and Luther Burrell.

'[England coach] Eddie Jones has given us a strong development squad to take on a South Africa A side,' said Exeter's Ali Hepher, who will coach the Saxons. 'The squad has a good mixture of experienced players and emerging talent.

'Playing South Africa twice in South Africa is going to be a great challenge and a significant test for us, but it is also an incredibly exciting opportunity for the players and management to prove themselves.'

England Saxons squad:

Forwards: Ross Harrison (Sale), Alec Hepburn (Exeter), Tommy Taylor (Wasps), George McGuigan (Newcastle), Jake Cooper-Woolley (Wasps), Kieran Brookes (Northampton), James Craig (Northampton), Mitch Lees (Exeter), Charlie Ewels (Bath), Dave Attwood (Bath), Dave Ewers (Exeter), Don Armand (Exeter), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester), James Chisholm (Harlequins), Sam Jones (Wasps).

Backs: Dan Robson (Wasps), Michael Young (Newcastle), Ollie Devoto (Bath), Danny Cipriani (Wasps), Christian Wade (Wasps), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath), Sam Hill (Exeter), Nick Tompkins (Saracens), Luther Burrell (Northampton), Alex Lewington (London Irish), Sam James (Sale), Mike Haley (Sale).

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