England name team for 2nd Test v New Zealand
England have made five changes to their starting line-up for Saturday’s 2nd Test in the Steinlager Series against New Zealand at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.
Joe Launchbury and Matt Mullan both feature in the England team to face New Zealand in the 2nd test.
The RBS 6 Nations centre partnership of Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby) and Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints) and half-backs Owen Farrell (Saracens) and Danny Care (Harlequins) are reunited, while there is a recall for Northampton Saints’ Tom Wood at blind-side flanker in place of London Wasps’ James Haskell.
There are two positional switches with Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) moving from outside centre to right wing and Marland Yarde (London Irish) lining up on the left wing in place of Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby).
Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes and Saracens' Chris Ashton and Billy Vunipola are named on the replacements’ bench, while Newcastle Falcons’ Kieran Brookes comes into the match-day squad for the first time.
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “It’s been evident in training all along just how intense competition for places is but especially now we have the guys who arrived at the end of last week.
“We knew selection for this Test was always going to be tough, with the players who played at Eden Park putting their hands up and those who watched from the stands."
"I am sure it will be a fantastic occasion in Dunedin and we are really looking forward to challenging ourselves against the All Blacks. With the Crusaders game coming up around the corner and the third Test in Hamilton, all our squad will get opportunities which will be great experience as we continue to develop our depth in the build up to the World Cup."
England (v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Steinlager Series, Forsyth Bar Stadium, Saturday, June 14, 7.35pm NZST/8.35am BST)
15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 27 caps)
14 Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 23 caps)
13 Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)
12 Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 13 caps)
11 Marland Yarde (London Irish, 3 caps)
10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 24 caps)
9 Danny Care (Harlequins, 47 caps)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 20 caps)
2 Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 6 caps)
3 David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 35 caps)
4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 20 caps)
5 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 20 caps)
6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 28 caps)
7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 26 caps)
8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 21 caps)
16 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 55 caps)
17 Matt Mullan (London Wasps, 3 caps)
18 Kieran Brookes (Newcastle, uncapped)
19 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 30 caps)
20 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 8 caps)
21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 36 caps)
22 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, 4 caps)
23 Chris Ashton (Saracens, 37 caps)
England Under-20s success
The England Under-20s team have booked themselves a place in the IRB Junior World Championship semi-finals against Ireland on Sunday (kick off 6.05am BST)after seeing off Argentina in a tight encounter.
Both Alex Lundberg and Gus Jones - members of the London Wasps Academy, have been involved throughout the campaign.
Ireland and hosts New Zealand join defending champions England and 2012 winners South Africa in the IRB Junior World Championship Semi-finals after victories over Fiji and Scotland respectively.