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Easter puts England call on hold to walk dog, hit the gym and grab some food

Nick Easter called up to replace Billy Vunipola for England in the Rugby World Cup. Photo: World Rugby

Nick Easter called up to replace Billy Vunipola for England in the Rugby World Cup. Photo: World Rugby

Number eight was on his way to train at Harlequins when he heard he was back on World Cup duty as replacement for injured Billy Vunipola

LONDON – Veteran England forward Nick Easter answered crucial calls from his dog, his professional conscience and his stomach before concentrating on the key one from his country on Monday.

The 37-year-old Easter revealed that he was told about his urgent call-up to the England squad by his Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea when he was driving to club training on Monday morning.

Easter was advised to do a U-turn and head home because England coach Stuart Lancaster would need him to replace the injured number eight Billy Vunipola, who has been ruled out of Rugby World Cup 2015 with a knee injury. But Easter had a few things to do first.

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