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Gloucester's Billy Twelvetrees aims to take centre-stage for England

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

Gloucester's Billy Twelvetrees is relishing the Six Nations

Billy Twelvetrees is aiming to take centre-stage as England bid to rediscover their cutting edge in France.

England begin their Six Nations campaign against Les Bleus in Paris on Saturday and are set to field a new look midfield pairing.

The Red Rose backs have failed to fire in recent seasons and have been perennial bridesmaids in the Championship – finishing runners-up four times in the last six seasons.

But Twelvetrees reckons they have the fire-power to reignite their quest for Six Nations glory.

Twelvetrees said: “It’s up to us at 10, 12 and 13 to create ¬opportunities, to punch holes and give the boys space,” he said. “We ¬definitely have the personnel to do that. We have got huge ¬ambition.

“I know we have a back three that can finish ¬opportunities from anywhere – we’ve proved it week in, week out in the Premiership.

“The boys are scoring tries and creating opportunities. It’s about getting the balance right and doing it in an England shirt.”

Stuart Lancaster has deployed seven different partnerships during his ongoing tenure and Twelvetrees is becoming an ever-present figure.

The Gloucester star has captained the Cherry and Whites in Tom Savage’s absence this season and his leadership qualities will be key at Stade de France.

He said: “I am not the loudest off the field but as soon as I get on the pitch I don’t mind bossing people around

“I don’t say things for pointless reasons. I like to lead by example. The guys I respect as captains are the ones who go out and perform well.

“You have to boss things. It is up to me to be dominant, to be vocal, to carry as hard as I can and to create holes for the other boys.”

He is likely to be paired with Luther Burrell and her has been suitably impressed with the Northampton Saints newcomer.

He added: ““I have been really impressed with Luther in training and when I’ve played against him for my club.

“He’s a big, physical guy, he runs hard and has a good passing game.

“Luther’s also got great subtleties in his play. He is confident in the -environment. It’s great to train alongside him.”

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