England v New Zealand: Farrell replaces Flood for All Blacks clash
England v New Zealand: Owen Farrell will replace Toby Flood as Stuart Lancaster makes one change for the All Blacks clash
Owen Farrell has been drafted in to replace the injured Toby Flood for England’s clash against world champions New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Saracens fly-half will face the All Blacks for the first time, with Stuart Lancaster making no other changes to the side that lost 16-15 to South Africa last weekend.
Gloucester’s Freddie Burns is on the bench, with Northampton Saints’ Courtney Lawes also making his series debut among the replacements instead of Mouritz Botha.
The Red Rose head coach is confident England will improve on their defeat by the Springboks, with Lancaster’s squad determined to make amends against New Zealand.
“We asked for a big response from the players after Australia and we got one last Saturday against South Africa, although ultimately we were denied,” said Lancaster.
“That frustration has been channelled this week and the whole squad has reacted with a determination to get a victory against the top team in the world.
“We are delighted that Courtney has got an opportunity. He has worked hard to get back in contention and what better game for him to make an impact. The same with Freddie Burns, who has had a great Premiership season so far, and we are looking forward to seeing him contribute should he get his chance.”
England team to face New Zealand: 15. Alex Goode (Saracens, 5 caps); 14. Chris Ashton (Saracens, 28 caps), 13. Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 16 caps), 12. Brad Barritt (Saracens, 10 caps), Mike Brown (Harlequins, 10 caps); 10. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 11 caps), 9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 27 caps); 1. Alex Corbisiero (London Irish, 17 caps), 2. Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 3 caps), 3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 34 caps), 4. Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 3 caps), 5. Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 11 caps), 6. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 12 caps), 7. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 11 caps), 8. Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 8 caps)
Replacements: 16. David Paice (London Irish, 5 caps), 17. David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 22 caps), 18. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 3 caps), 19. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 14 caps), 20. James Haskell (London Wasps, 44 caps), 21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 36 caps), 22. Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped), 23. Jonathan Joseph (London Irish, 3 caps)