Six Nations 2014: Manu Tuilagi & Marland Yarde added to England squad

Six Nations 2014: Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi and London Irish's Marland Yarde are added to England squad

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Manu Tuilagi and Marland Yarde have been added to England’s Six Nations training squad ahead of Sunday’s clash with Wales at Twickenham.

Both backs returned to action from injury with their respective Aviva Premiership clubs at the weekend and will report to the England camp in Pennyhill Park today.

After a five-month lay-off, Tuilagi featured for 70 minutes in Leicester Tigers’s 41-18 win at Newcastle Falcons before being sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on with the match already won.

The 22-year-old centre showed early signs that he wasn’t quite up to speed in the opening quarter, at times rushing out of defence which allowed the Falcons to get the first try of the match.

But the 21-time capped star did find his feet as the match progressed and looked lively in attack.

Yarde has appeared twice for London Irish after 14 weeks out with a hip problem and showed promise with his ball carrying and defence on the wing, but was unable to prevent an 18-0 defeat by the Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.

Stuart Lancaster also includes backs Chris Ashton, Freddie Burns and Ben Youngs in his 34-man squad along with back-row options Matt Kvesic and Tom Johnson who will likely compete for a place on the bench.

England go into the round four match looking to avenge last year’s 30-3 hammering at the hands of Wales in the final match of the championship at the Millennium Stadium, a defeat which cost them the Grand Slam and handed neighbours Wales the title.

Lancaster’s side are the bookmakers’ favourites for the must-win encounter despite England failing to score a try against Wales during the Cumbrian’s tenure, while Wales have won two of their last three visits to England’s home of rugby.

Should Tuilagi or Yarde feature for England it will be at the expense of a solid backline which has played in all three of the championship’s matches so far with Luther Burrell and Billy Twelvetrees at centre and Jonny May and Jack Nowell on the wings.

England training squad for Wales

Forwards: David Attwood (Bath Rugby), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester), Matt Mullan (London Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers), Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), David Wilson (Bath), Tom Wood (Northampton), Tom Youngs (Leicester).

Backs: Chris Ashton (Saracens), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Freddie Burns (Gloucester), Luther Burrell (Northampton), Danny Care (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton), Kyle Eastmond (Bath), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester), Jack Nowell (Exeter), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester), Anthony Watson (Bath), Marland Yarde (London Irish), Ben Youngs (Leicester).

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