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Burrell, Tomkins Join England Rugby Squad for November Tests

England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster added four players to the 34-man squad that will face Australia, Argentina and world champion New Zealand next month.

A trio of centers -- Northampton’s Luther Burrell, Joel Tomkins of Saracens and Gloucester’s Henry Trinder -- may make their senior debuts as Lancaster prepares to play without injured regulars Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt.

Flanker Tom Johnson, who has five Test appearances, was the only addition in the forwards. The Exeter player replaces Tom Croft who is also out through injury.

“As a coaching group we have watched a lot of rugby and we are pleased with the form of the squad,” Lancaster said in an e-mailed statement. “Inevitably there have been some injuries and there is still a big European weekend ahead, but injures always create opportunities.”

Alex Corbisiero is questionable for the tests after picking up a knee injury, Lancaster said. He will be monitored during a two-week rehabilitation program before a final decision on whether he can participate.

England plays Australia Nov. 2, Argentina Nov. 9 and New Zealand Nov. 16. The All Blacks haven’t lost a match since their surprise 38-21 defeat by England last December.

ENGLAND SQUAD:
Forwards: David Attwood (Bath), Dan Cole (Leicester), Alex
Corbisiero (Northampton), Tom Johnson (Exeter), Dylan Hartley
(Northampton), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester), Joe Launchbury (Wasps),
Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben
Morgan (Gloucester), Geoff Parling (Leicester), Chris Robshaw
(Harlequins), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola
(Saracens), David Wilson (Bath), Tom Wood (Northampton), Tom
Youngs (Leicester)

Backs: Chris Ashton (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Freddie
Burns (Gloucester), Luther Burrell (Northampton), Danny Care
(Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton), Kyle Eastmond (Bath),
Owen Farrell (Saracens), Toby Flood (Leicester), Ben Foden
(Northampton), Alex Goode (Saracens), Henry Trinder
(Gloucester), Joel Tomkins (Saracens), Billy Twelvetrees
(Gloucester), Christian Wade (Wasps), Marland Yarde (London
Irish), Ben Youngs (Leicester)

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Priechenfried at the London Sports Desk at bprie@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser in London at celser@bloomberg.net

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