Tigers proud of England cub

19 February 2021 21:51:16 GMTPlus10

Leicester Tigers coach Steve Borthwick says everyone at the club can take pride in George Martin's call-up to England's Six Nations squad.

The 19-year-old has made only seven appearances for Leicester's first team but, having been named in England's 12-man shadow squad for the tournament, he has now replaced the injured Jack Willis in the senior group.

Defending Six Nations champions England suffered a shock defeat to Scotland in their opening game before getting back on track with a comfortable victory over Italy.

Back-row forward Martin is unavailable for Leicester's Premiership game against Wasps on Saturday as he joins Eddie Jones' squad in their preparations for next weekend's clash with Wales in Cardiff.

With Willis ruled out after suffering a knee injury against Italy, Jones has opted to promote Martin, who joins Leicester team-mates George Ford, Ben Youngs and Ellis Genge in the senior squad.

There is still no place for Exeter's Sam Simmonds, the leading tryscorer in this season's Premiership.

Former England captain Borthwick told Leicester's official website: "To be called into a national squad at his age, with only seven appearances for Tigers, is a tremendous achievement for George.

"He worked incredibly hard after suffering a knee injury to fight his way back into the team and it's a credit to him and the staff at our club for their efforts. At only 19, George has a lot of rugby ahead of him and it is exciting to think about the development ahead of him."

England are 100/1 to retain their Six Nations title with France 6/4 and Wales 8/15.

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