Gloucester Rugby: Davies wants more for Gloucester pair

Gloucester director Nigel Davies hopes Freddie Burns and Billy Twelvetrees

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Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies believes Freddie Burns and Billy Twelvetrees are good enough to take their club form into Test arena and inspire England.

Fly-half Burns and centre Twelvetrees lit up the Aviva Premiership last term and were both rewarded with England call-ups.

Despite being in and out of the side during the Six Nations, they took their chance during the summer tour of Argentina, leading from the front as Stuart Lancaster’s men successfully defeated Argentina.

Twelvetrees’ form was so good that he actually missed the second Test with the Pumas after being brought into the British & Irish Lions squad in Australia.

The pair have only been playing together for a season but following years of uninspiring England back play, a number of pundits have suggested they could be the men to reignite the team.

They will first have to become regulars in the starting XV and like many flair players before them, they will need to prove they can be consistent, with Lancaster currently favouring a more pragmatic style of play.

The duo are the leading lights in an extremely exciting batch of young players at Kingsholm and former Wales international Davies says he now wants to see his star duo given their chance on the biggest stage as he believes they will thrive.

“The good thing is that the lads are still young,” Davies said. “I’d like to see the link between them go further.

“Taking those combinations into the Test arena helps. It’s a different level of pressure and intensity. Freddie and Billy complement each other as characters and they both have a good view of the game.”

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