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England team for Saturday
Geoff P (IP Logged)
08 November, 2018 12:12
England head coach Eddie Jones has named his matchday squad to play New Zealand in their second Quilter International Test at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday (KO 3pm, live on Sky Sports HD).

Jones makes three changes to the starting XV that beat South Africa 12-11 last weekend.

Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks), who scored a try when England last beat New Zealand in 2012, will start on the right wing.

Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs) is named as loose-head prop while Sam Underhill comes in at open-side flanker following an ankle injury to Tom Curry (Sale Sharks).

There are three changes to the bench with Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) and Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) all named as finishers.

Owen Farrell (Saracens), who will co-captain the team alongside Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), is one point short of reaching 700 points for England.

“The expectation for Saturday is no different to any other Test match. We want to be at our best, better than we were in the previous Test match and we want to play with pride and passion which ignites the fans," said Jones.

"It’s been a good week, the players have recovered well, trained well on Tuesday, exceptionally well on Wednesday and we look forward to the challenge of taking on New Zealand on Saturday.

“The crowd last week was wonderful, we had great support and enthusiasm for the game and they saw a great Test match and I’m sure on Saturday they will see another.”

England starting XV

15 Elliot Daly (Wasps, 22 caps), 14 Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks, 40 caps), 13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 14 caps), 12 Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors, 14 caps), 11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 38 caps), 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 62 caps) co-captain, 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 78 caps), 1 Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs, 1 cap), 2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 94 caps) co-captain, 3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 14 caps), 4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 23 caps), 5 George Kruis (Saracens, 26 caps), 6 Brad Shields (Wasps, 3 caps), 7 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 6 caps), 8 Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 5 caps).

Finishers

16 Jamie George (Saracens, 29 caps), 17 Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs, 3 caps), 18 Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps), 19 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 7 caps), 20 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 65 caps), 21 Danny Care (Harlequins, 82 caps), 22 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 48 caps), 23 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 27 caps).

 
Re: England team for Saturday
Geoff P (IP Logged)
08 November, 2018 13:20
Jones's thoughts:

England head coach Eddie Jones is backing Sam Underhill to have an impact for the side on Saturday in their second Quilter International Test.

“Tom Curry unfortunately is unavailable for the rest of the Quilter Internationals,” said Jones. “Sam Underhill we know is a very good player, he played for us in the Six Nations and the Argentina tour so we are looking forward to him making an impact around the ruck.”

Ben Moon comes in for Alec Hepburn while Chris Ashton is also named from the start, replacing Jack Nowell on the wing while Manu Tuilagi is not fit for selection.

“All we’ve done is re-arrange the order there. Ben Moon did well off the bench and we feel his scrummaging at the start of the game will be beneficial for us,” said Jones."We want to play with pride and passion which ignites the fans."

"Manu Tuilagi is again not quite right, he did some training on Wednesday but is still a little tight in his running so we have again decided not to risk him."

Jones has also backed his finishers to have a huge impact at Twickenham at the weekend with Jamie George, Courtney Lawes, Danny Care, George Ford and Nowell among them.

“We have a really good bench,” he said. “The finishers did well last week and again they will be vital on Saturday against New Zealand in the last 20 minutes which we know has a very significant impact on the result of the Test match.”

And on the challenge awaiting them, Jones added: "The expectation for Saturday is no different to any other Test match. We want to be at our best, better than we were in the previous Test match and we want to play with pride and passion which ignites the fans.

"Every England side I’ve coached prepares well and the players want to be at their best.. At the moment we have a very young squad, particularly in the forwards and I’ve enjoyed how much they’ve worked together because the collective will of the forwards is so important."

 
Re: England team for Saturday
Worcswasp (IP Logged)
08 November, 2018 13:25
2 more sleeps and cant wait to get down there this weekend. Overnighter too so really looking forward to it. Think the London pride and Guinness will assist and promised myself only a positive day not stressing over EJ.


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