British & Irish Lions call up Billy Twelvetrees

Billy Twelvetrees has been called up to the British & Irish Lions squad as backline cover.

The England  centre will fly from Argentina  on Wednesday and arrive in Sydney on Friday.

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. “

“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 1st Test for England and he provides that versatility to cover a variety of positions.”

Twelvetrees was a try scorer in England’s 32-3 win against
the Pumas last weekend.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said, “All the England players and
management 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.”

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