New Zealand v England: Manu Tuilagi to start on right wing for 2nd Test
New Zealand v England: Stuart Lancaster shuffles Manu Tuilagi out to the right win for second Test
Manu Tuilagi will start on the right wing for England’s second Test against New Zealand on Saturday as Stuart Lancaster makes five changes to his starting XV.
The Leicester Tigers centre, who impressed on his 23rd senior outing for England, has been shifted from his customary outside centre position as England’s Six Nations pairing of Luther Burrell and Billy Twelvetrees return in the midfield with Gloucester wing Jonny May dropping out of the 23.
England head coach Lancaster has, as expected, recalled first-choice outside-half Owen Farrell to partner Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care, with Mike Brown retaining his place at full-back and London Irish winger Marland Yarde switching wings.
The tight five remains the same after impressive performances in the 20-15 defeat in Auckland by hooker Rob Webber and lock Geoff Parling, with Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes waiting to join the action from the bench.
The only change in the back row sees Tom Wood come in on the blindside for James Haskell with Gloucester number 8 Ben Morgan keeping his place despite the availability of Billy Vunipola, who also starts on the bench.
Leicester-bound outside-half Freddie Burns, who kicked 12 points in the opening Test, and his half-back partner Ben Youngs are named as the backs replacements along Saracens wing Chris Ashton also available.
Newcastle Falcons tighthead Kieran Brookes joins the England 23 for the first time with Matt Mullan providing cover at loosehead.
New Zealand: Ben Smith; Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea; Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Tony Woodcock, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw (captain), Jerome Kaino.
Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Victor Vito; TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Malakai Fekitoa.
England: Mike Brown; Manu Tuilagi, Luther Burrell, Billy Twelvetrees, Marland Yarde; Owen Farrell, Danny Care; Joe Marler, Rob Webber, Dave Wilson, Joe Launchbury, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw (captain), Ben Morgan.
Replacements: Dylan Hartley, Matt Mullan, Kieran Brookes, Courtney Lawes, Billy Vunipola; Ben Youngs, Freddie Burns, Chris Ashton.