Luther Burrell replaces Manu Tuilagi in the England squad
England have called up centre Luther Burrell to replace injured Manu Tuilagi
The 28-year-old was overlooked by head coach Eddie Jones for this year’s Six Nations
The Northampton back has been selected ahead of Bath centre Ollie Devoto
Northampton centre Luther Burrell has been added to England’s squad for the summer tour of Australia.
The centre beat off competition from Bath’s Ollie Devoto to take over from Tuilagi, with Devoto instead heading to South Africa with the England Saxons tour party.
“It’s a great opportunity for Luther who I thought played really well yesterday,” said England head coach Jones. “He carried the ball well, defended with aggression and scored an excellent try.
“We want players who are desperate to play for their country and are willing to make the sacrifices needed to succeed at the highest level.
“Luther’s worked hard at his game since January and we’ve seen a significant improvement to his fitness and conditioning as a result. He thoroughly deserves his place on the tour.
“It was a tough selection call. Ollie Devoto has really impressed during his recent time in the England camp. We wish him a successful tour to South Africa with the Saxons.”