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White replaces Stevens in England squad

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  • Leicester prop Julian White is called into England rugby squad for Six Nations
  • White replaces Matt Stevens, who was axed from squad after failing drugs test
  • Veteran White, 35, has been out of favor since missing 2007 World Cup finals
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(CNN) -- Bath prop Matt Stevens, who was removed from the England rugby squad for next month's Six Nations tournament after failing a drugs test, has been replaced by veteran Leicester prop Julian White.

White has been out of favor with England since missing the 2007 World Cup tournament.

White has been out of favor with England since missing the 2007 World Cup tournament.

The 35-year-old White has been out of favor with his country since making himself unavailable for the 2007 World Cup, in which England lost to South Africa in the final.

Stevens confessed to having a substance problem in an emotional television interview on Tuesday and is now facing a potential two-year ban from the sport.

England team manager Martin Johnson told the UK's Press Association: "Illegal drug use cannot be tolerated.

"The regulations are very clear that any player who has tested positive is immediately provisionally suspended from all competition, pending a disciplinary hearing.

"Matt has admitted that he has a problem, and on behalf of the England players and management, we hope that his rehabilitation program is successful."

On White's inclusion, Johnson added: "Julian is an experienced international. He has had time out of the England set-up but he is in good form and is ready to make the step back up to the senior squad."

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