England v New Zealand: Dan Cole replaces David Wilson for Kiwis clash
England v New Zealand: Dan Cole replaces David Wilson in Stuart Lancaster's starting line-up for the clash against All Blacks
Stuart Lancaster has made one change to his England side that beat Argentina as Dan Cole replaces David Wilson for the final autumn international against New Zealand on Saturday.
The Leicester Tigers man, who has 42 caps, replaces Wilson at tighthead prop, Matt Mullan comes in for the injured Alex Corbisiero on the bench and Ben Youngs is among the replacements at the expense of Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care.
Meanwhile, Dylan Hartley, who was named man-of-the-match in a 31-12 victory over Argentina last weekend, is set to win his 50th England cap against the World Cup holders at Twickenham.
“It’s a great achievement for Dylan to reach 50 caps. We are a young side but one that is growing with every game and it’s important to have leaders like Dylan,” said Lancaster.
“We have had some enforced changes with Alex Corbisiero and Mako Vunipola unavailable and we have been unable to consider a number of players due to short and long term injuries.
“But we are ready for the challenge of playing a top quality side in New Zealand and are excited about playing at Twickenham.
“The atmosphere was amazing for this game last year – the crowd made a real difference and I’m sure they can help inspire us again on Saturday.”
England starting line-up v New Zealand: 15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 20 caps) 14 Chris Ashton (Saracens, 36 caps) 13 Joel Tomkins (Saracens, 2 caps) 12 Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 7 caps) 11 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints, 33 caps) 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 18 caps) 9 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 11 caps) 1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 14 caps) 2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 49 caps) 3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 42 caps) 4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 13 caps) 5 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 24 caps) 6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 22 caps) 7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 19 caps) 8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 4 caps)
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 11 caps) 17 Matt Mullan (London Wasps, 1 cap) 18 David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 30 caps) 19 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 18 caps) 20 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 14 caps) 21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 34 caps) 22 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers, 59 caps) 23 Alex Goode (Saracens, 12 caps)