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Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:24
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Dylan Hartley will win his 50th England cap against New Zealand in Saturday's international at Twickenham Stadium.

First capped in 2008, Hartley will start in a XV showing one change from that which started against Argentina last Saturday, with Dan Cole replacing David Wilson at tighthead prop.

There are two other changes to the matchday 23 - Matt Mullan coming on to the replacements' bench in place of the injured Alex Corbisiero, while Ben Youngs returns in place of Danny Care.

"It's a great achievement for Dylan to reach 50 caps," England coach Stuart Lancaster said.

"We are a young side, but one that is growing with every game and it's important to have leaders like Dylan.

"We have had some enforced changes with Alex Corbisiero and Mako Vunipola unavailable and we have been unable to consider a number of players due to short and long term injuries.

"But we are ready for the challenge of playing a top quality side in New Zealand and are excited about playing at Twickenham.

"The atmosphere was amazing for this game last year - the crowd made a real difference and I'm sure they can help inspire us again on Saturday."

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 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 David Wilson, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Alex Goode.

Date: Saturday, November 16
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 14.30 (14.30 GMT; 03.30, Sunday, November 17 NZ time)
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
TMO: Gareth Simmonds (Wales)

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