Worcester Warriors prop Matt Mullan has been named on the England bench for the RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy at the Stadio Flaminio in Rome on Sunday.
England Team Manager Martin Johnson has today (Friday) confirmed the England bench for the game and Warriors Academy product Mullan is now set for his first senior England appearance.
Worcester Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock said: "It's no surprise that Matt Mullan has been called into the England squad for the game with Italy in the Six Nations.
"There is no doubt in my mind that he is more than capable of playing at international level and I'm sure he will be out to prove that on Sunday in Rome.
"Matt has been unlucky in that I think he could have had his international debut in the autumn series before he injured his hamstring. However, he has fought his way back after injury and is now ready to take the next step.
"Everyone connected with Worcester Warriors is immensely proud that Matt is now set to follow Alex Grove, another of our home-grown players, into senior international rugby this season.
"Matt is very mature and a model professional with a great work ethic and who is very diligent with everything he does. I'm sure Martin Johnson will be very impressed with his all-round contribution on and off the field and everyone at Warriors wishes him the very best of luck.
15 Delon Armitage (London Irish)
14 Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks)
13 Mathew Tait (Sale Sharks)
12 Riki Flutey (CA Brive)
11 Ugo Monye (Harlequins)
10 Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon)
9 Danny Care (Harlequins)
1 Tim Payne (London Wasps)
2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
4 Simon Shaw (London Wasps)
5 Steve Borthwick (Saracens, Captain)
6 James Haskell (Stade Francais)
7 Lewis Moody (Leicester Tigers)
8 Nick Easter (Harlequins)
16 Steve Thompson (CA Brive)
17 David Wilson (Bath Rugby) 18 Matthew Mullan (Worcester Warriors)
19 Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers)
20 Steffon Armitage (London Irish)
21 Paul Hodgson (London Irish)
22 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
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