Saints centre Burrell replaces injured Tuilagi on England tour of Australia

HAPPY MAN - Saints centre Luther Burrell has been called into the England squad to tour Australia
HAPPY MAN - Saints centre Luther Burrell has been called into the England squad to tour Australia

Saints centre Luther Burrell has been called up by England to replace injured Manu Tuilagi for next month’s tour of Australia.

Burrell was overlooked by head coach Eddie Jones for this year’s Six Nations, but the 28-year-old scored a try in Sunday’s 27-13 win over Wales at Twickenham.

Burrell back has been selected ahead of Bath centre Ollie Devoto, who won his first cap in the game against Wales.

“It’s a great opportunity for Luther, who I thought played really well yesterday,” said Jones.

“He carried the ball well, defended with aggression and scored an excellent try.

“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.”

England fly out to Australia tomorrow (Tuesda) and play the first of three Tests against the World Cup runners-up in Brisbane on Saturday, 11 June.

The call-up is a huge boost for Burrell, who has been out of the England picture since being dropped from the World Cup squad last year.

He will join up with four Saints club-mates for the tour, with the others being Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Paul Hill and Teimana Harrison.