Rugby World Cup 2011: Thomas Waldrom surprised by England call

Leicester's Thomas Waldrom admits he was surprised when his coach told him he had been asked to fly out to New Zealand to strengthen England's World Cup squad.

The 28-year-old was officially called into the England squad in place of prop Andrew Sheridan, and admits he has been sampling the Kiwi cuisine, whilst getting over jet-lag and waiting to speak to coach Martin Johnson.

New Zealand-born Waldrom qualifies for Johnson's team because of an English grandmother, but he played for New Zealand Under-21 and New Zealand Maori.

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