- Burrell, Tomkins, Trinder and Johnson brought into senior EPS
- “We have been looking forward to this QBE series ever since we got back from Argentina” – Lancaster
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Uncapped centres Luther Burrell, Joel Tomkins and Henry Trinder have all been added to Stuart Lancaster’s England squad ahead of next month’s QBE Internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.
The trio are called-up after injuries to Brad Barritt and Manu Tuilagi, while Exeter Chiefs back-rower Tom Johnson has also been promoted from the Saxons group as a replacement for injured Tom Croft after a series of excellent domestic performances.
Specialist outside centres Tomkins and Trinder have both been in fine form for Saracens and Gloucester Rugby respectively, combining determined defence with eye-catching attacking prowess.
Burrell – who joins exisiting midfield options Billy Twelvetrees and Kyle Eastmond – has been no less impressive for Northampton Saints, causing havoc in opposition defences with his hard-running and improved distribution.
Five-Test Johnson made his full international debut in South Africa last summer and started the 20-14 loss to the Wallabies at Twickenham a year ago at blindside. He is once more proving his influence as part of a buoyant Chiefs outfit, and scored the opening try of a convincing 44-29 defeat of Cardiff Blues in the Heineken Cup.
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The players will assemble in Leeds on Monday, October 21 for a camp leading into the QBE internationals before returning to their Surrey training base at Pennyhill Park on Sunday, October 27 ahead of the match against the Australia at Twickenham on November 2.
Speaking at Lloyd’s of London, Lancaster said: “We have been looking forward to this QBE series ever since we got back from Argentina. As a coaching group we have watched a lot of rugby and we are pleased with the form of the squad. The camp is an important part of our preparation and we are looking forward to meeting up.
“Inevitably there have been some injuries and there is still a big European weekend ahead. But injures always create opportunities and we are pleased to call up Tom Johnson, Joel Tomkins, Henry Trinder and Luther Burrell into the Senior EPS, with Luther joining us as injury cover so it will be great for him to come in and put a marker down in what is going to be a competitive selection leading into the Australia game.
“We have three major Tests ahead of us and we are looking forward to the challenge.”
England Elite Player Squad for QBE Internationals
David Attwood (Bath Rugby)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Joel Tomkins (Saracens)
Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Christian Wade (London Wasps)
Marland Yarde (London Irish)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)