Orphaned pups named after England Six Nations rugby squad

THIS line-up of cheeky chaps have been named after the England rugby squad- and their namesakes’ success is certainly helping in their hunt for a new home.

The squad of six-week-old puppies, who were taken into the Blue Cross adoption centre in Kimpton after their mum was hit by a car, are “going like hotcakes” after England’s Six Nations victory against Italy on Saturday.

Staff have named the pups Johnno, Tindall, Ashton, Flood, Wilko, Foden, Easter, Sheridan, Hartley and Haskell, in the hope that some of the England squad’s magic will help turn their luck around.

“At just six weeks old, these pups are such little bruisers that it seemed perfect to name them after rugby players,” said Emma Pannell, deputy manager of the Kimpton adoption centre.

“They eat all the time and love to pass a ball around or pile into a scrum.

“The puppies have had a difficult start in life, but after England’s Six Nations victory, we’re hoping some of their success will rub off on these little ones.

“Like many rugby players, these puppies are going to be big and boisterous so they’d like a home where they can run around and play lots of games.”

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After their mother died, the owner of the boxer-cross puppies spent three weeks hand feeding them six times a day, before taking them to the Kimpton shelter.

Five of the pooches will stay at the centre, with five being moved to its adoption centre in Oxfordshire.

Anyone interested in adopting one can contact the Blue Cross on 0300 790 9903.