Front row duo to start 2nd Test

12 June 2014

Bath Rugby's front row pairing of Rob Webber and David Wilson have both retained their places in the England starting XV to take on New Zealand in the 2nd Test on Saturday, kick-off 08.35 BST.

Stuart Lancaster has made five changes to his starting line-up who will aim to draw the series after last weekend's narrow loss.

The RBS 6 Nations centre partnership of Billy Twelvetrees and Luther Burrell and half-backs Owen Farrell and Danny Care are reunited, while there is a recall for Tom Wood at blindside flanker in place of James Haskell.

There are two positional switches with Manusamoa Tuilagi moving from outside centre to right wing and Marland Yarde lining up on the left wing in place of Jonny May.
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 team to face New Zealand

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 New Zealand tour (live on SkySports HD, all games 1935 NZST/0835 BST)

Saturday, June 7th: 1st Test – Eden Park, Auckland
Saturday, June 14th: 2nd Test – Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Tuesday, June 17th: Crusaders – AMI (Addington) Stadium, Christchurch
Saturday, June 21st: 3rd Test – Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

New to Bath Rugby?

Join Bath Rugby for:

  • Epic, elite entertainment
  • Passionate, family-friendly atmosphere
  • Email Previews & Post-match reports

Find out more or enter your email address to get started.