David Wilson to start for England

7 November 2013

Bath Rugby's in-form tighthead prop has been called into Stuart Lancaster's England team to face Argentina this weekend at Twickenham, replacing Dan Cole. Wilson will be joined up front by Joe Marler and Dylan Hartley.

Cole sees himself included on an experienced replacements’ bench, which includes British & Irish Lions Alex Corbisiero and Geoff Parling, both of whom have returned to full fitness.

England Head 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. (Bath's) 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 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 team to face Argentina

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 19 caps)

14 Chris Ashton (Saracens, 35 caps)

13 Joel Tomkins (Saracens, 1 cap)

12 Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 6 caps)

11 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints, 32 caps)

10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 17 caps)

9 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 10 caps)

1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 13 caps)

2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 48 caps)

3 David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 29 caps)

4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 12 caps)

5 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 23 caps)

6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 21 caps)

7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 18 caps)

8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 3 caps)


16 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 10 caps

17 Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints, 18 caps)

18 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 41 caps)

19 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 17 caps)

20 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 13 caps)

21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 34 caps)

22 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers, 58 caps)

23 Alex Goode (Saracens, 11 caps)

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