Burrell has come into the team that heads to Paris as one of 14 changes made by Stuart Lancaster from that which overcame the French at Twickenham. He pairs up with Jonathan Joseph in the centres with the duo knowing that Sam Burgess and Henry Slade both caught the eye in the same positions last weekend.
“Nobody is irreplaceable so you have to stay in peak form and try to stay one step ahead at all times,” Burrell told the Daily Telegraph. “There were seven or eight centres in the first three weeks of training camp and they are all quality players.
“It is quite frustrating as a centre that we have got so many players coming through but it keeps you on your toes and keeps you grounded and grafting hard. It is brutal in an international squad.
“I think there was a nice balance between me and JJ and hopefully we can continue that relationship. But you are never settled and this pre-season is a chance for us to get back together and stay in close unity and try to sway the coaches to give us that consistent run.
“Whatever combination they decide to go with, the balance and quality will be there.”
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