England Team to face Wales

England Team to face Wales

Northampton Saints flanker Teimana Harrison is to win his first international cap after being named in England's side to take on Wales in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup game at Twickenham on Sunday 

Harrison is one of four uncapped players in the squad for Sunday's game with Wasps-bound hooker Tommy Taylor and centre Ollie Devoto – who will join Exeter next term. Leicester Tigers loose-head prop Ellis Genge is also named in the 23-man squad. 

Jack Clifford (Harlequins) starts at No 8 with Joe Launchbury (Wasps) and Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) making up the second-row pairing. There are also starts for Wasps loose-head prop Matt Mullan, Harlequins wing Marland Yarde and Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell.

Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby) and Paul Hill (Northampton Saints) are also named amongst the replacements.“It’s a good mixture of experience and youth"

“We’ve picked a side we believe can beat Wales,” said England Head Coach Eddie Jones. “It’s a good mixture of experience and youth.

“Obviously we have a number of players missing from the squad who are taking part in the Premiership final but this provides us with a great opportunity to expose other players to Test rugby. This will serve to strengthen the squad’s depth as we move towards the 2019 World Cup. 

He added: “We’ve prepared well this week and I’m pleased with the progress the squad have made in the short time we’ve had together. There’s been plenty of energy and enthusiasm and you can tell the lads have enjoyed being back in camp."

Jones called the addition of new faces in the squad "exciting" and urged them to take their chance on the international stage this weekend.

“As always there were some tight calls on selection and that’s how we want it," he said.

"There are some new faces in the squad. Teimana Harrison gets a start at six, which is a great chance for him to make a statement ahead of the tour to Australia. Ellis Genge, Tommy Taylor and Ollie Devoto have all trained hard this week and deserve their spots in the 23."

Jones also says the fixture against Wales holds huge importance and is relishing returning to Twickenham for the first time since winning the Grand Slam.

“This is an important Test match and a great opportunity for us to play some positive, physical rugby. We are a young team learning our craft, Wales are an experienced team; it’ll be a great test for us

“We can’t wait to get back Twickenham to play in front of a massive crowd. England versus Wales is a special occasion and we look forward to giving our loyal fans something to cheer about."

England match-day 23 for the Old Mutual Wealth Cup game against Wales:

15. Mike Brown (vice captain, Harlequins, 48 caps) 
14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 20 caps)
13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 21 caps)
12. Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints, 12 caps)
11. Marland Yarde (Harlequins, 7 caps) 
10. George Ford (Bath Rugby, 22 caps)
9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 57 caps)
1. Matt Mullan (Wasps 9 caps)
2. Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints, 71 caps)
3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 61 caps)
4. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 32 caps)
5. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 45 caps)
6. Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
7. James Haskell (Wasps, 67 caps)
8. Jack Clifford (Harlequins, 5 caps)

Replacements:

16. Tommy Taylor (Sales Sharks, uncapped)
17. Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
18. Paul Hill (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)
19. Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 22 caps)
20. Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby, 2 caps)
21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 58 caps)
22. Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
23. Elliot Daly (Wasps, 3 caps)

– Entry was posted on May 27th, 2016 by James Haskell

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