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England lose fringe duo but are optimistic over Tuilagi recovery

By Nick Purewal

Published 23/02/2016

Call-up: Northampton Saints’ Luther Burrell has been added to the England squad
Call-up: Northampton Saints’ Luther Burrell has been added to the England squad

England have lost fringe players Ollie Devoto and Josh Beaumont to injury as they prepare for Saturday's RBS Six Nations clash with Ireland.

Devoto was concussed in Bath's defeat by Wasps on Saturday and has been replaced in the 32-man squad that has gathered at the team's Surrey training camp by Luther Burrell.

Of greater concern is the dislocated shoulder suffered by Beaumont in Sale's defeat at Worcester and the No.8 is unlikely to play any further part in England's championship.

The Rugby Football Union confirmed in a press release: "Thirty-two players assembled at Pennhyhill Park (on Sunday) evening to train for Saturday's RBS Six Nations game against Ireland at Twickenham.

"Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints) replaces Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby), who suffered concussion playing for his club on Saturday. Josh Beaumont sustained a dislocated shoulder during his game for Sale Sharks against Worcester Warriors on Saturday and will not join up with the squad."

Meanwhile, Eddie Jones senses the "hatred" felt towards England from their RBS 6 Nations rivals and will allow his players to harness it to their advantage.

The Red Rose have long been the Championship's most highly-prized scalp with the Celts and France desperate to topple a historical foe after centuries of shared enmity. Jones, an Australian, is aware of the bitterness and will enable his team to circle the wagons ahead of Ireland's visit to Twickenham.

"Maybe Clive Woodward summed it up best when he said everyone hates England - that's true," Jones said. "Because of the history that is involved with the social and historical context, there is that long-seated rivalry and hatred of England. You can feel it.

"I'm not going to use it, but within the side they can use it. As I said when I took over, I'm not English, I'm Australian, but I will be absolutely committed to them."

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