Borthwick passed fit for autumn dates

ENGLAND manager Martin Johnson finally received some good news last night when captain Steve Borthwick was passed fit for the autumn internationals.<br /><br />It was feared the lock forward would be sidelined for months after he picked up an injury in Saturday&rsquo;s bruising win over Harlequins but a scan revealed only a sprained rib cartilage. <br /><br />The news comes after New Zealand-born centre Riki Flutey and full-back Delon Armitage were ruled out for the entire November series.<br /><br />&ldquo;Saracens and England supporters can relax,&rdquo; said the club&rsquo;s director of rugby Brendan Venter. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not a serious problem and it certainly won&rsquo;t stop Steve from being available for the internationals.&rdquo;<br /><br />England face Australia on 7 November with Argentina and New Zealand in the following weekends. There are also concerns over Harlequins pair Jordan Turner-Hall (shoulder) and David Strettle (foot). Meanwhile, Johnson was given a timely reminder of centre Dominic Waldouck&rsquo;s credentials in Wasps&rsquo; win over Worcester on Sunday.<br /><br />Waldouck played a part in both his side&rsquo;s tries and Wasps director of rugby Tony Hanks piled on the praise.<br /><br />&ldquo;Both defensively and with the ball he was a threat,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;He has got the skill-set and I would love to see Dominic Waldouck playing for England.&rdquo;