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Former Red&White star Elliot Daly secures Saxons call

By Dorking Advertiser  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

FORMER DORKING STAR: Elliot Daly has been named in the 32-man  England Saxons squad.  Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Elliot Daly has been named in the 32-man England Saxons squad. Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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FORMER Dorking player Elliot Daly has this week been called up to the England Saxons squad.

The 20-year-old centre, who played for Dorking for three years between 2006 and 2009, has been included in the 32-man Saxons squad, as named by England head coach Stuart Lancaster last week ahead of the Six Nations.

And director of rugby at Dorking, Richie Andrews, says it was great for the club to see another of its former representatives doing so well.

He said: "There are several players who have gone on from Dorking to do well in the professional game and Elliot is another who is doing the club proud.

"Seeing him selected to the Saxons squad is something the club can be proud of and it goes to show the quality of the minis and the juniors and what they can go on to reach."

Andrews said, however, that Daly faced a lot of competition to try and break into the senior England squad, with the likes of Manu Tuilagi ahead of him in the pecking order.

"It is a very competitive position," said Andrews.

"England are still trying to find the right sort of players for each position and if Elliot gets his break and takes his chance, then who knows, he brings something different to the table."

Daly, who was born in Croydon, started playing rugby at Beckenham aged five and joined Dorking in 2006, having attended Cumnor House School and Whitgift School in Croydon.

He also received county honours for Surrey U15 and U16 before linking up with the London Wasps EPDG and latterly, the club's academy.

Daly, who has played for England at U16 and U18 level, was also part of the 2011 U20 Grand Slam Six Nations winning side and he has so far made 19 appearances for London Wasps this season, and 46 overall, scoring 92 points, including ten tries and 14 penalties.

Daly himself tweeted: "Thank you for all the messages today means alot :) excited for what the new year presents now :)"

England Saxons are due to face Ireland's B squad in Galway later this month before a tour to Argentina in the summer.

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