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‘Trinder deserves England call-up’

• Team-mate says centre can fill void left by Manu Tuilagi injury
• Trinder and Twelvetrees set to start at Newcastle on Sunday

No coach likes to eat his words, but Mike Tindall is convinced that is the fate that lies ahead for Stuart Lancaster in three weeks’ time when he announces his squad for the autumn internationals.

The former England centre, whose Test career earned him a world cup medal with Sir Clive Woodward’s 2003 side as well as 75 caps, is convinced England dare not go up against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand without pairing the in-form Gloucester centre Henry Trinder alongside his team-mate, the current England No12 Billy Twelvetrees. It may smack of vested interest – Tindall plays alongside Trinder and Twelvetrees as well as coaching them – but he insists: “It’s not feasible to see both of them not starting in the autumn.”

Tindall was speaking before Gloucester announced a two-year contract extension for Twelvetrees, but after the 24-year-old’s more likely partner, Manu Tuilagi, was sidelined for two months with muscle damage. “It’s not experimenting,” said Tindall. “You pick on form, but you haven’t got to be scared of picking [new] people. Clive was faithful to his squad and so is Stuart, but if guys are flying you have to give them a shot.”

No matter that the World Cup is less than two years away, Tindall says Lancaster should not be fazed by change, insisting it is what the All Blacks would do. “Look at the way New Zealand do it. They religiously blood people, bring them in, bring them out and bring them in again and suddenly you have a massive squad and they know what it’s all about.

“You don’t need to make wholesale changes, just find a way of getting them in so it doesn’t affect the whole team,” said Tindall, while conceding that a call-up for Trinder would mean Lancaster reversing a decision made only last month.

Then, when the England head coach announced 65 players in his revamped elite squad, Trinder’s name was missing. After two seasons blighted by injury he had been ejected from the Saxons squad while Twelvetrees, called up by the Lions in the summer, had cemented his place in the top flight. The Bath centre Kyle Eastmond was also rewarded for his form in Argentina and the Saracens centre Joel Tomkins was another who moved ahead of Trinder.

However, Tindall is convinced that Trinder’s form should change everything. “Manu is a loss,” said Tindall, after training for Sunday’s trip to Newcastle, “but it gives other opportunities to guys who have been talked about like Kyle Eastmond and Joel Tomkins and from our point of view it’s good news for Billy and Henry, who is, from what I’ve watched, the best outside centre around at the moment.

“He’s been our form player of the year by quite a long way. He’s fit —– he had a few problems last year – and if he stays the way he is and continues to play the way he is, I can’t see why they wouldn’t be interested in playing him.”

The Twelvetrees-Trinder partnership was particularly effective last week in the contentious victory over Northampton and another England candidate, Luther Burrell, and they are reunited at Newcastle in a side that welcomes the return of another England hopeful, Jonny May.

Elsewhere, Dave Attwood, also mentioned for promotion this autumn, captains Bath against London Irish, playing alongside a raft of former Exiles including Jonathan Joseph – another who suffered in Lancaster’s August reshuffle – Anthony Watson and Matt Garvey. © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds