Gloucester Centre Billy Twelvetrees has been called up by the British & Irish Lions as cover for the injury hit back line.
Twelvetrees had been on tour with England in Argentina and will now fly straight to Sydney to join up with the squad on Thursday.
He has not been called up as specific cover for any one position, but as a utility player available to play in any of the positions across the back line, including at fly half.
Head Coach Warren Gatland commented “The nature of a Lions tour means that there will inevitably be knocks which take time to recover from. The whole squad have worked hard but a lot of the backs have doubled up over the last two games, either starting or from the bench.
“Billy played well in the first Test for England and he provides that versatility to cover a variety of positions.”
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster commented “All the England players and management are delighted for Billy to get this great opportunity. He’s played well for England this year, underlined that form with his display against Argentina at the weekend and goes with our full support and blessing.”