IT’S BEEN quite a year for the centre. His move to Gloucester from Leicester resulted in more game time, an England call-up for the Six Nations and now this Lions involvement, which came less than a week after he scored in England’s 32-3 defeat of Argentina.
He’s got good vision in attack, great distribution skills and tends to bring out the best in those around him. He can also play in midfield or at fly-half, so offers good back-line cover – just what the Lions need given the knocks the backs are picking up.
He’s been called up more as cover for the midweek games so the Tests are a long shot, but given the injury toll it can’t be ruled out!
His Test debut against Scotland earlier this year. He helped England to play their most creative rugby of the Six Nations, teasing a fresh attacking approach out of Owen Farrell inside him, and marked the occasion with a try.
IF HE WERE A FOOD
Gravy – a great accompaniment.
Age 24 (15 November 1988)
Dimensions 6ft 3in & 15st 10lb
Test caps Five
Test points Ten (two tries)
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