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Saturday 19 April 2014

Billy Twelvetrees gets Lions call up

England's Billy Twelvetrees
England's Billy Twelvetrees

Billy Twelvetrees has been called up by the British and Irish Lions and will leave England's tour of Argentina today, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

The England and Gloucester Rugby centre will fly from Argentina today and arrive in Sydney on Friday.

The Lions have injury concerns over fly-halves Owen Farrell (dead leg) and Jonathan Sexton (hamstring), while centre Manu Tuilagi suffered a stinger in the victory over Queensland Reds.

Twelvetrees won his fifth England cap in last Saturday's 32-3 victory over the Pumas in Salta, scoring a try to cap an impressive individual performance.

The Gloucester player will be the fourth player to be called up by the Lions following the late arrivals on tour of loosehead props Alex Corbisiero and Ryan Grant and the Ireland wing Simon Zebo.

British & Irish Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland said: "The nature of a Lions tour means that there will inevitably be knocks which take time to recover from. The whole squad have worked hard but a lot of the backs have doubled up over the last two games, either starting or from the bench.

Billy played well in the 1st Test for England and he provides that versatility to cover a variety of positions."

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