Burrell included in England squad for Samoa

Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell has been included in the 28 strong England squad that is preparing to face Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday.

Burrell played for Northampton Saints in their 18-24 loss to Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership on Friday after recovering from a hand injury.

Bath Rugby wing Semesa Rokoduguni who made his debut against New Zealand’s All Blacks remains on the injury list due to his thigh injury so he will remain with Bath this week.

Rokoduguni’s Bath team mate Kyle Eastmond suffered concussion towards the end of the match against South Africa on Saturday so he will undergo the Graduated Return To Play protocol in hope of playing against the South Sea Islanders.

England Head Coach Lancaster said it was a welcome boost to have Burrell back as he seeks to arrest a run of five consecutive defeats.

“We have narrowed the group to give us more focus in training,” he said. “It’s good to have Luther back in camp after recovering from his hand injury and we’ll see how he gets on in training this week.

“Roko will stay with Bath as he returns to fitness. Kyle suffered a bang to the head at the end of the game and he will be undergoing the Graduated Return To Play protocol with us.

“As per the EPS agreement we will release players on Tuesday evening to prepare for the Aviva Premiership games at the weekend.”

England Squad

Loose-head props
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Matt Mullan (Wasps)

Tight-head props
Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)

Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)

Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

Back rows
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (Wasps)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

Scrum halves
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)

Outside backs
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Bath Rugby)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)

Back threes
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Marland Yarde (Harlequins)

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