Johnson looks to Dowson and Wood to ease his injury crisis

ENGLAND manager Martin Johnson has called up Northampton duo Phil Dowson and Tom Wood and Leicester lock George Skivington in a bid to ease his Six Nations injury crisis.

Wood and Dowson both come in because of injuries to Leicester flanker Tom Croft and England captain Lewis Moody, while Skivington replaces the injured Courtney Lawes.

The trio have joined the England squad on their pre-Six Nations training camp in Portugal, while Moody is targeting a return in time to face Italy at Twickenham on 12 February.

“It’s probably not in the physios’ minds [to be fit to face Italy], but it is in mine,” said Moody, who is recovering from damaged ligaments in his right knee.