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Twelvetrees joins the Lions squad

12th June 2013 15:43

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Billy Twelvetrees England training 2013

Flying out: Billy Twelvetrees

Gloucester and England back Billy Twelvetrees has been called up by the British and Irish Lions in Australia.

Twelvetrees will fly from Argentina on Wednesday and arrive in Sydney on Friday.

"The nature of a Lions tour means that there will inevitably be knocks which take time to recover from," said British and Irish Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland.

"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."

The Gloucester back, who has made five appearances at Test level, will provide cover at 10, 12 and 13 for the Lions for the remainder of their tour.