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Burrell, Tomkins join England squad

16th October 2013 10:57


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Selected: Joel Tomkins

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has made four changes to his EPS squad ahead of the upcoming November Internationals.

Tom Johnson, Joel Tomkins and Henry Trinder are included in place of Tom Croft, Brad Barritt and Manu Tuilagi, with Luther Burrell also involved as injury cover to make up a 34-man squad.

The players will assemble in Leeds on Monday, October 21 for a camp leading into November before returning to their Surrey training base at Pennyhill Park on Sunday, October 27 ahead of the game against the Wallabies at Twickenham Stadium on November 2.

"We have been looking forward to this International series ever since we got back from Argentina," said Lancaster.

"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:

Forwards: Dave Attwood, Dan Cole, Alex Corbisiero, Dylan Hartley, Matt Kvesic, Joe Launchbury, Tom Johnson, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Ben Morgan, Geoff Parling, Chris Robshaw, Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola, David Wilson, Tom Wood, Tom Youngs.

Backs: Chris Ashton, Luther Burrell, Mike Brown, Freddie Burns, Danny Care, Lee Dickson, Kyle Eastmond, Owen Farrell, Toby Flood, Ben Foden, Alex Goode, Joel Tomkins, Henry Trinder, Billy Twelvetrees, Christian Wade, Marland Yarde, Ben Youngs.

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