Attwood brought onto England bench

20 June 2014

Dave Attwood has been brought onto the England bench for tomorrow’s final Test against New Zealand, with Joe Launchbury replacing the injured Geoff Parling in the second row.

The 27-year-old joins Bath Rugby teammate Rob Webber among the replacements, while Kyle Eastmond lines up in the midfield and Dave Wilson packs down at number three.

Although the series is already 2-0 in favour of the home side, England still have much to play for at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, having been in with a shout of winning both previous Tests in the closing stages.

Leicester Tigers lock Parling has not fully recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in the second Test and England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “Geoff is not 100 per cent right so Joe will start, with Dave Attwood coming onto the bench.”


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