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Orphaned Puppy Names After England Rugby Players Team


Homeless: Johnno, Tindall, Ashton, Flood, Wilko, Foden, Easter, Sheridan, Hartley and Haskel after looking for a new home after their mother was killed by a car

An animal charity is trying to find homes for a pack of pups named after England rugby union stars.

The 10 six-week-old Boxer-cross dogs - made up of Johnno, Tindall, Ashton, Flood, Wilko, Foden, Easter, Sheridan, Hartley and Haskell - were taken to a Blue Cross centre in Kimpton, Hertfordshire, on Wednesday, after their mother was killed when she was hit by a car.

'These pups are such little bruisers that it seemed perfect to name them after rugby players,' said Emma Pannell, the centre's deputy manager.

'Like many rugby players, these puppies are going to be big and boisterous so they'd like a home where they can run around.'

The pup's namesakes were in action today against Italy at Twickenham in the Six Nations Championship.

And they ran out 59-13 winners with an especially impressive performance from Chris Ashton, who scored four tries in a match - the first time a player has managed the feat in the competition since 1914.

it looks like little Ashton could be the most popular choice for adoption.

Loving: Assistants Jessica Down (left) and Katrina Brunt cuddle the six-week-old pups at The Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity
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