Three Bath Rugby players to start for England

5 June 2014

Kyle Eastmond, Rob Webber and David Wilson have all been selected to start for England in Saturday's 1st Test in the Steinlager Series against New Zealand at Eden Park, kick-off 08.35 BST.

There is more Bath representation on the bench, with Dave Attwood and new signing Henry Thomas named.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We've had a good week's training in Auckland and have prepared well and are ready for the massive challenge ahead. It doesn't get much bigger than playing New Zealand at Eden Park where they haven't lost in 20 years but those selected know what they have to do.

"Billy Twelvetrees is recovering well from his ankle injury and should be available for the 2nd Test and it's now a good opportunity for Kyle Eastmond to build on what he achieved in Argentina last summer.

"It's great to welcome back Geoff Parling and James Haskell who have a lot of experience and equally it's a fantastic opportunity for Joe Gray and Chris Pennell, who have really impressed in training, should they come off the bench for their first caps.

"We've had lots of messages of support and I am sure the players will be giving their all at the start of this three Test series."

England team to face New Zealand

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 26 caps)
14 Marland Yarde (London Irish, 2 caps)
13 Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 22 caps)
12 Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby, 2 caps)
11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 6 caps)
10 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, 3 caps)
9 Danny Care (Harlequins, 47 caps)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 19 caps)
2 Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 5 caps)
3 David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 34 caps)
4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 19 caps)
5 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 19 caps)
6 James Haskell (London Wasps, 50 caps)
7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 25 caps)
8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 20 caps)


16 Joe Gray (Harlequins, uncapped)
17 Matt Mullan (London Wasps, 3 caps)
18 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks, 6 caps)
19 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)
20 Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)
21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 35 caps)
22 Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks, 7 caps)
23 Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors, uncapped)

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

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