Pulborough star Billy’s shock at England Saxons call

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FORMER Pulborough rugby player Billy Twelvetrees has described his total shock at being called for his first taste of international rugby.

The 22-year-old Leicester Tigers fly-half has been called up to the England Saxons squad ahead of fixtures against Italy A and Ireland A after Charlie Hodgson was promoted to the senior side for the RBS 6 Nations.

“It was a bit of a shock really, I wasn’t even thinking about a call up,” admitted the former Weald pupil. “I had a good run of games for Leicester during Autumn and have been feeling good about my performances but I didn’t expect it so it’s great.”

Competition for places at Aviva Premiership holders and current leaders Leicester could hardly be fiercer with England regular Toby Flood and Jeremy Staunton also fly-halfs but Twelvetrees has impressed in his 14 appearances this term, scoring 139 points for his side.

The 6ft 3inch star played at Horsham and Pulborough, where brother Matt has this season been in sparkling form. “It’s nice to be thought of by the selectors and I know I have to take my chance,” Twelvetrees continued. “Just being around the calibre of players at Leicester makes you a better player and my first challenge is to get better and turn out for my club week in week out.”

The Saxons face Italy A at Worcester on Saturday, January 29 and Ireland A in Belfast on Friday, February 4.