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VIDEO – Billy Twelvetrees called into Lions squad

12 June 2013

  • Gloucester Rugby centre called into Lions squad as injury cover
  • “Billy provides that versatility to cover a variety of positions” – Gatland

Billy Twelvetrees is leaving England’s tour of Argentina to join the British & Irish Lions in Australia.

The Gloucester Rugby centre, a try scorer in last weekend’s 32-3 win against the Pumas, has been called up as back line cover and leaves Buenos Aires today to fly to Sydney.

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.

Billy Twelvetrees

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“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 first Test for England and he provides that versatility to cover a variety of positions.”

England head coach Stuart Lancaster added: “All the England players and management are delighted for Billy to get this great opportunity.

“He’s played well for England this year, underlined that form with his display against Argentina at the weekend and goes with our full support and blessing.”

England’s team to face the Pumas at Velez Sarsfield on Saturday is named at 15:00 BST tomorrow.