Former Sharks star Brad Barritt has been called up to the England squad in place of injured centre Riki Flutey, as the senior squad arrived at camp ahead of the year-end international series.
The South African-born centre has been in good form for Saracens this season, and is the logical replacement for the injured Kiwi (calf strain) after he received his first call up to the senior England squad during the mid-year tour to Australia and New Zealand, but is yet to make his Test debut.
The 24-year-old qualifies for England as he holds a U.K. passport and while he did play for South Africa at under 21 level, the Kearsney College old boy was unlucky to miss out on Springbok selection during his Sharks career and South Africa’s loss is England’s gain.
Another South African-born player, Hendre Fourie, will have to wait a little longer for his first England cap after the Leeds Carnegie openside flank was ruled out with bruised ribs. Fourie has been replaced by Northampton Saits’ Tom Wood.
Veteran lock Simon Shaw (calf) and prop David Wilson (back) have also withdrawn from the squad and have been replaced by Dan Ward-Smith and Joe Marler at the training camp.
The omission of former captain Steve Borthwick after the injury sustained by Shaw is further testament to just how far the big lock forward has slipped down in the pecking order this yearTweet