Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni set for England debut against All Blacks

Former soldier one of seven Bath Rugby players retained by England for Saturday's clash against world champions at Twickenham

By Gareth Llewellyn

Fiji-born flying winger Semesa Rokoduguni has been named in England’s 23-man squad for Saturday’s clash with New Zealand at Twickenham.

The 27-year-old is one of seven Bath players, including fellow backs Kyle Eastmond, George Ford and Anthony Watson, retained by England head coach Stuart Lancaster as they look to bounce back from a 3-0 series defeat to the All Blacks in June.

“We’ve had a good few days’ training on the back of last week,” Lancaster said.

“The players have worked really hard and everyone who has been in camp has pushed hard for selection and their attitude has been fantastic.

“We are excited about the squad we have picked and we are looking forward to getting back to Twickenham this weekend and taking on a team of the quality of New Zealand.”

Also retained in the squad is uncapped Saracens lock George Kruis, who is cover for locks Courtney Lawes and Dave Attwood.

Props Joe Marler and David Wilson are also included after coming through minor injuries earlier in the week.

Lancaster will name his starting XV to face the All Blacks on Thursday morning.

Forwards (13): 
Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), George Kruis (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins). Matt Mullan (Wasps). David Wilson (Bath Rugby), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Rob Webber (Bath Rugby), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints).

Backs (10): 
Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

Returning to Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs: 
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Alex Goode (Saracens), James Haskell (Wasps), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), David Paice (London Irish), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Marland Yarde (Harlequins).


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