All new front row for England
Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:03
We know there's more to come from this team
England will field an all new front row in Saturday's international against Argentina at Twickenham.
Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley and David Wilson replace Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs and Dan Cole against the Pumas.
Cole and Youngs are included on an experienced replacement bench, which also sees the return from concussion and injury of fellow British & Irish Lions Alex Corbisiero and Geoff Parling.
England coach Stuart Lancaster said: "Joe Marler was excellent off the bench against Australia and merits his opportunity, as does David Wilson, who has been pushing hard for selection.
"Dylan gets a deserved chance at hooker with Tom Youngs on the bench after the safe arrival of his first child this morning. Rob Webber remains on standby.
"Christian Wade was in contention for a start but his hamstring tightened up in training and unfortunately he hasn't recovered sufficiently in time to be considered for Saturday. Marland Yarde failed a fitness test on a hip injury sustained last weekend this [Thursday] morning, so Ben Foden gets his chance with Alex Goode on the bench.
"Ben has had a full week's training on the wing, he is a great finisher and in form so it's a great option for us.
"The Twickenham crowd was superb against Australia and we were pleased to get the victory, but we know there's more to come from this team and we are looking forward to building on that momentum for this weekend."
England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Ben Foden, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 David Wilson, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Alex Corbisiero, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Alex Goode.
Date: Saturday, November 9
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 14.30 (14.30 GMT; 11.30 Arg time)
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Craig Joubert (South Africa)
TMO: Iain Ramage (Scotland)
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