England call up Luke Burgess as a replacement for banned James Graham for autumn internationals
Last Updated: 07/10/12 4:54pm
Luke Burgess: Called up for autumn internationals
Sydney-based former Leeds forward Luke Burgess has won a surprise call-up for England.
The 25-year-old prop has been named as the replacement for former St Helens captain James Graham, who on Thursday was handed a 12-match ban after being found guilty of biting Billy Slater's ear in last Sunday's NRL Grand Final.
Graham's suspension includes up to three matches in the forthcoming autumn international series.
The Canterbury Bulldogs forward was included in England coach Steve McNamara's 24-man squad on Tuesday and was due to link up with them next Wednesday for a 10-day training camp in South Africa.
He will remain part of the squad for the matches against Wales and France but will not fly to South Africa and will not now be able to add to his tally of 18 England caps before the 2013 World Cup.
Burgess, who was a member of Leeds' 2009 Grand-Final winning team, will take Graham's place on the camp in Potchefstroom and will be hoping to win his first cap against Wales in Wrexham on Saturday, October 27.
He made 80 appearances for the Rhinos from 2009-11 before being released and immediately joined Sam at South Sydney, where he has forged a promising career alongside his two younger brothers.