17 Oct 2013

3 new midfield backs for England

7:32 am on 17 October 2013

Three uncapped centres have been named in the England squad for November's rugby Tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand

Injuries to the regular midfield duo Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt has forced coach Stuart Lancaster to reward Joel Tomkins, Luther Burrell and Henry Trinder for their flying starts to the domestic season.

They still have work to do to force their way into the matchday squads, however, with Billy Twelvetrees and Kyle Eastmond, fresh from impressive showings in the summer tour of Argentina, in pole position.

Twelvetrees, who got a late call up to the British and Irish Lions in Australia, has a great chance to stamp his authority on the inside centre berth while rugby league convert Eastmond showed much-needed spark in his two appearances in Argentina.

Tomkins, another rugby league convert, has been impressive at outside centre for Saracens this season while Northampton's Burrell offers a powerful option at 12 after being included as injury cover.

Trinder has also caught the eye for Gloucester at outside centre and comes straight into the senior squad having bypassed this season's Saxons squad.

Also selected was the Exeter flanker Tom Johnson, replacing Tom Croft who was ruled out following knee surgery.