England call up Luther Burrell and Stephen Myler

England RugbyStuart Lancaster has added Northampton pair Luther Burrell and Stephen Myler to the squad following injuries to Alex Goode and Joel Tomkins.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “Luther Burrell and Stephen Myler have both played well in the second half of the season and they’ve both got a great opportunity to put a marker down for the future on tour in Uruguay and Argentina.

“Our commiserations go to Alex Goode and Joel Tomkins. It’s disappointing that they have to miss out but they have both had excellent seasons and I am sure they will be back in contention next season.”

With nine tourists featuring for Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints on Saturday, England have also called up Exeter Chiefs scrum half Haydn Thomas and Sale Sharks lock Kearnan Myall to prepare for this Sunday’s match against the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium.

Thomas and Myall will complete a 25-man group preparing to take on an experienced Barbarians outfit.

Scrum half Thomas, 30, is in contention for a first appearance in a senior England shirt while 6ft 7in lock Myall, 26, has featured for England Saxons since 2009.

Lancaster added: “This week it’s good to have Haydn and Kearnan involved in the senior England environment ahead of what should be a great game against a very strong Barbarians team. They have both played well recently and deserve this opportunity”

England name their side for Sunday’s match against the Barbarians on Friday at 11am.

England summer tour squad

Forwards (18)
Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 2 caps)
Rob Buchanan (Harlequins, uncapped)
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Alex Corbisiero (London Irish, 18 caps)
Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs, 5 caps)
Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors, uncapped)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 9 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 20 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 10 caps)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 10 caps)
David Paice (London Irish, 6 caps)
Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
Billy Vunipola (London Wasps, uncapped
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 26 caps)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, captain, 18 caps)

Backs (14)
Mike Brown (Harlequins, 16 caps)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 7 caps)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints, 30 caps)
Jonathan Joseph (London Irish, 4 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)
Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
David Strettle (Saracens, 13 caps)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 4 caps)
Christian Wade (London Wasps, uncapped)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 12 caps)
Marland Yarde (London Irish, uncapped)

Added to the squad for Barbarians week:
Kearnan Myall (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
Haydn Thomas (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)

England squad training ahead of Barbarians match:
Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Kearnan Myall (Sale Sharks), David Paice (London Irish), Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks), Billy Vunipola (London Wasps), Rob Webber (Bath Rugby), David Wilson (Bath Rugby).
Mike Brown (Harlequins), Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), David Strettle (Saracens), Haydn Thomas (Exeter Chiefs), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby), Christian Wade (London Wasps), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Marland Yarde (London Irish).

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20 comments on “England call up Luther Burrell and Stephen Myler

  1. Well I guess that (if it were needed) it clarifies Alex Goode’s intended role on the tour!

    Real shame for Tomkins, but a fantastic opportunity for Burrell. Different types of players though.

    • Taking a look at Goode @ 10 was baffling anyway. Goode may well be better suited to 10 than 15, but if he’s about 4th in the pecking order at his club in that position he’s never going to get enough game time to be an international contender.

      I was really looking forward to seeing if Tomkins could get the go-go-gadget offload arm working at international level. Burrell is a serious animal though, just a couple of large steaks smaller than Tuilagi and a tackle machine (14/0 vs Sarries). I wont be surprised if he acquits himself well enough to make a credible claim for an Autumn EPS slot.

      • i agree with all of what you have said about.

        interesting that George Ford wasnt selected first time round, assuming because he lacked gametime, and yet they were looking at Goode as 10 cover, when he is, as you say down the pecking order for Sarries.

        The fact that Ford has been overlooked again (with Myler coming in, even though Ford was the Saxons 10, and Myler wasnt) suggests questions have been raised about Ford.

        Burrell has been pretty impressive this season, but he is another guy who plays 12, and the crash merchant type at that. other than JJ, we dont have a 13. With Tomkins getting injured i think i would have liked to have seen Daly given the call, or even Tait (reverting back to 13).

        12Ts has to be the 12, which means we are either going to be playing 36 and JJ, or we will be playing a 12 at 13 (Burrell or Eastmond).

        either way, i think the 13 shirt is wide open for contention now. Burns is still set for the 10 shirt too.

        with all the saints and tigers players being out of contention, it will be an interesting XV. i wouldnt be surprised if they lose to the Barbarians, as they look a pretty decent outfit.

        • My guess is that Lancaster wants to see Ford fully firing at the start of the season, and if that means him having a full pre-season, then so be it. Also as you said, unlike the rest of the squad, he hasn’t played very much this season, especially since Christmas. From the times I have seen him play it is clear he is extremely talented, I just hope Bath’s pack give him a good platform next season for him to flourish.

        • I have a bit of an issue with this call up. I really wanted to see a center pairing that can some creativity in there, and Burrell is not it. We have Tuilagi in the Burrell mode, and he is very far out of Burrells league, so what are we going to find out about him? We also have Barritt; another guy who is of that type. I don’t really see the point in taking Burrell.

          For me, we need to find out who cuts it as a creative centre? So from Twelvetrees, Eastmond, JJ and Tomkins, I was excited to see what they brought. Daly or Tait would have been a better choice.

          It isn’t that I don’t like Burrell, it is just that I can’t see what he brings to the overall picture of the EPS at this point.

  2. Very sad to see Tomkins out as it would have been nice to see him get a chance in Argentina but agree with the Matt in that Burrell is a real machine. I have been a big fan of his since his Leeds days and he has got a great opportunity now to show his power in the middle. Such an exciting squad but I keep on forgetting, to my annoyance, how good a test team Argentina are now. Watching some of their tries against the Southern Hemisphere teams in the past Rugby Championship was truly worrying, they are class operators. That being said, it will sort out the men from the boys in England’s young squad and give Lancaster a great learning opportunity on some players capabilities moving towards next years six nations.

      • I rather think that Simpson’s core SH skills have fallen away a little on the occasions that I have seen him. I don’t mean his passing ability, but more his ability to boss his forwards and organise behind them.

        Like Ford his time will come again though, and there is no question that Thomas is one of the Prem’s form scrum halves. Always considered someone with his name to be from the other side of the bridge though!

  3. My team for the barbarians would be
    1. Corbs
    2. Webber
    3. Wilson
    4. Atwood
    5. Launchbury
    6. Johnson
    7. Kvesic
    8. Morgan

    9. Wigglesworth
    10. Burns
    11. Wade
    12. 36
    13. Joseph
    14. May
    15. Brown

    My only problem is who would be captain? From this team I can only think of corbs as a potential.

      • Maybe Launchbury? He is very well respected within the group, and someone I could see take the captaincy moving forward at Wasps.

        • Agree with launchbury as an option.

          Ben Morgan could be a shout too.

          Both are regular squad members, they are guaranteed starters (even when the squad is full strength). They also both seem to have pretty decent rugby brains and are well disciplined.

          Another option could be kvesic, he was the u20 captain.

          I would go for one of these guys, or maybe corbs against the baa baas. It’s the best chance to try a youngster as the skipper. If the experiment doesn’t work, then we at least know where we stand.

          Launchbury would be my first choice, especially if people are going to keep calling him “the next Johnson”.

    • Think I remember Lancaster saying that Dickson and Wigglesworth are vice captains, so Wigglesworth will prob captain on Sunday. If and when he goes off I have no idea, my guess would be Rob Webber or Attwood.

  4. I find it a little depressing that Myler is next in line. I wonder if Heathcote regrets his hasty decision to plump for Scotland. I think I’d have Botica and even Cipriani over Myler. When he is consistent he is mediocre at best, and quite often awful.

    • I think next season you’ll eat those words.

      He’s not a flash player but he’s got a strong passing game, that perhaps we haven’t seen enough of, and I think under Alex King he’ll really blossom. He was outstanding against Saracens, and outplayed a former England fly half (Hodgson, who admittedly went off injured) and the current England and Lions fly half (Farrell).

      Having watched just about every game Myler has played for Saints since he joined, I’d take issue with your statement that he’s ‘quite often awful’ – it’s just wrong. I can rarely think of an occasion he’s let us down – conservative perhaps, but I think he’s earned his chance.

      • If it’s to England’s benefit, or to Leicester’s loss, then I will happily have second and third helpings…

      • I can think of more than a few occassions where Saints have lost games by not having a kicker. Switching between Lamb and Myler and just not getting a full game out of the 10, yes he’s a good player, but do you think he’s likely to ever be England Fly Half? Couple that with the fact that he’s 28(?) now and Lancaster can’t even argue that he’s going to be developed and England will gain from fresh blood and competition for the 10 jersey. I think it’s an odd choice. Does Myler cover other positions?

        Obviously Ford hasn’t had enough game time for Leicester, though at least SL could say he’s blooding the young talent.

  5. Just can’t understand the Burrell selection. I have to agree that he’s nowhere near Tuilagi in terms of ability or power. Take a look at the final on Saturday. He steered well clear of Tuilagi. Involved in Northampton’s tries with final passes but did little else in the game.He was probably in there to provide power in the middle of the park and also to try and nullify Tuilagi.Like Paulo I’ve seen him play at Leeds and previous to that and always got the same impression – good when on top but but not when going backwards. Stopgap measure, can’t see him featuring in the elite squads after the Summer.