Hipkiss and Richards in World Cup squad

IPSWICH-born Dan Hipkiss and former Suffolk schoolboy Peter Richards are both in England's 30-man 2007 Rugby World Cup squad, announced today. Hipkiss, who grew up in Suffolk and played for Diss as a youngster, now plays as a centre for Leicester Tigers and recently made his England debut against Wales.

IPSWICH-born Dan Hipkiss and former Suffolk schoolboy Peter Richards are both in England's 30-man 2007 Rugby World Cup squad, announced today.

Hipkiss, who grew up in Suffolk and played for Diss as a youngster, now plays as a centre for Leicester Tigers and recently made his England debut against Wales.

Richards, who attended the Royal Hospital School at Holbrook, near Ipswich, is now a scrum half with London Irish.

Mike Tindall and Charlie Hodgson are the big-name casualties in the squad announced by coach Brian Ashton to defend the Webb Ellis Trophy that England won in Australia in 2003.


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Nick Abendanon, Danny Cipriani, Toby Flood, Kevin Yates, Tom Palmer and James Haskell have also failed to make the final squad.

England squad: Backs: M Cueto (Sale Sharks), P Sackey (Wasps), J Lewsey (Wasps), J Robinson (unattached), M Tait (Newcastle), D Hipkiss (Leicester), J Noon (Newcastle), M Catt (London Irish), A Farrell (Saracens), O Barkley (Bath), J Wilkinson (Newcastle), S Perry (Bristol), A Gomarsall (Harlequins), P Richards (London Irish).

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Forwards: A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), P Freshwater (Perpignan), P Vickery (Wasps, capt), M Stevens (Bath), M Regan (Bath), G Chuter (Leicester), L Mears (Bath), S Shaw (Wasps), S Borthwick (Bath), B Kay (Leicester), M Corry (Leicester), L Moody (Leicester), J Worsley (Wasps), T Rees (Wasps), N Easter (Harlequins), L Dallaglio (Wasps).

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