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I can help England - Twelvetrees

Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees watched England's demolition of New Zealand with a mixture of excitement and jealousy that fuelled his desire to be involved in the RBS 6 Nations.

The 24-year-old, who trained with England during the autumn campaign, was officially promoted into the senior squad on Wednesday and is ready to make his mark, saying: "I was excited like every other supporter of England to see the boys clicking and playing the way they wanted to. It was a revelation to beat the All Blacks.

"A lot of it was excitement and jealousy as well - it makes you feel you wanted to be part of the team and push forward as well. It has always been a dream of mine to be in the England squad and play for England. To officially be in the squad is fantastic news."

He added: "You look around the squad at the quality of players we have and where we could go; it is important we kick on now into the Six Nations, not as a stepping stone but in terms of winning things.

"I am sure I can really help this England side and push Brad (Barritt), who has been at the top of his game for a while. He is a very good player.

"I have got to be consistent playing for Gloucester and really take my chance in the training week before the Six Nations to express myself.

"I am in the squad for a reason but now I have to push forward."


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