Former Sharks centre Bradley Barritt has been included in new England coach Stuart Lancaster’s 32-man squad for the upcoming Six Nations tournament.
Barritt is one of 9 uncapped players to be drafted in following a thorough clean-out in the wake of England’s disastrous World Cup campaign last year. The former Kearsney pupil, who has been in the UK since 2008 playing for Saracens, has been called up along with club teammate Owen Farrell based on a string of good performances as a combination at club level.
Another uncapped South African, lock Mouritz Botha, has also made the grade, along with veteran flyhalf Charlie Hodgson. Lancaster has not yet named a squad captain.
England 32-man elite player squad:
Forwards: Mouritz Botha, Calum Clark, Alex Corbisiero, Dan Cole, Tom Croft, Louis Deacon, Phil Dowson, Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Lee Mears, Ben Morgan, Tom Palmer, Chris Robshaw, Matt Stevens, Rob Webber, David Wilson, Tom Wood
Backs: Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Mike Brown, Lee Dickson, Owen Farrell, Toby Flood, Ben Foden, Charlie Hodgson, Joe Simpson, Charlie Sharples, David Strettle, Manusamoa Tuilagi, Jordan Turner-Hall, Ben YoungsTweet