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Second chance for Twelvetrees

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 08:10
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Billy's done pretty well for us and deserves another chance I think
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Despite an unconvincing performance against Australia, England centre Billy Twelvetrees will be given another opportunity to start against Argentina this weekend.

With first-choice centres Brad Barritt and Munu Tuilagi ruled out through injury, England coach Stuart Lancaster was forced to pick a new centre combination with Twelvetrees linking up with Rugby League convert Joel Tomkins in midfield.

However, the Gloucester back battled to impose himself on the game but Lancaster is not willing to drop him after one disappointing performance.

"Billy is disappointed with one or two areas of his game, but a lot of areas were pretty good. We have to give him credit for that," Lancaster told AAP.

"We'll make the decision over the next 24-48 hours, but I'm not envisaging too many changes."

Lancaster said there was "definitely scope" to make changes, noting Luther Burrell and Kyle Eastmond as obvious inside centre options and Henry Trinder as an outside centre option.

"But Billy's done pretty well for us and deserves another chance I think."

Tomkins also endured a mixed afternoon on his debut, but both centres suffered amid a disjointed backline that spluttered throughout at Twickenham.

Lancaster is reluctant to judge the duo solely on their shifts against Australia, but accepts there is work to be done in the combination.

"They didn't have a huge amount of opportunities," he said.

"I know Billy's a bit disappointed about missing his tackle, but overall he had a solid game.

"Joel did well in his first international. There's definitely more in us and we feel we can improve in that area, but overall it's pretty positive."

Alex Corbisiero is set to return against Argentina after recovering from his knee injury.

If the Northampton loosehead starts as expected, Mako Vunipola will be displaced to the bench even though he impressed against the Wallabies, who were demolished at the scrum.

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