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Mullan and Launchbury to face All Blacks

Wasps duo Matt Mullan and Joe Launchbury are included in the 23 players to face New Zealand in the final QBE International at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.

Matt Mullan

Matt Mullan

Joe Launchbury

Joe Launchbury

Mullan, who has been training with England this week, comes into the squad for British and Irish Lion Alex Corbisiero, who injured his knee during Tuesday’s training session.

The only other change to the group which defeated Argentina 31-12 last Saturday is the return of Leicester Tigers scrum half Ben Youngs, who has recovered from a hip injury to replace Danny Care.

London Wasps wing Christian Wade is out with a hamstring strain and likewise London Irish wing Marland Yarde, who also missed the Pumas win, is not yet fully fit.

Stuart Lancaster said: "Alex took part in this morning’s forwards training session but suffered some discomfort to his knee. He did not train this afternoon and will not be available for selection for the weekend.

“It is disappointing for Alex, having missed last year’s Six Nations because of an injury to his other knee, and with Mako (Vunipola) also unavailable, it's a great opportunity for Joe Marler and Matt Mullan, who has been with us all week and is raring to go in the 23. Marland Yarde and Christian Wade have not recovered in time to be available for this game while Henry Trinder is still recovering from a dead leg.

Recalling the vocal atmosphere when England romped to a record victory over New Zealand in front of a vibrant Twickenham crowd this time last year, Lancaster called for more of the same.

He added: “We’ve had a good start to the week and now it’s a case of tapering down the training and getting ourselves ready for the ultimate challenge. The Twickenham crowd has been great over the last two weeks and we know they will be just as vocal as they were against New Zealand last year.”

England squad to face New Zealand

Forwards (13)

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Matt Mullan (London Wasps)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Backs (10)

Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Joel Tomkins (Saracens)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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