Dave Attwood and Anthony Watson have been named in England’s starting line-up to face the Crusaders at AMI Stadium tomorrow (8.35am BST). Loosehead Nathan Catt takes his place on the bench.
Watson will wear the number 11 shirt in his first senior England appearance, while Dave Attwood starts alongside captain Ed Slater in the second row. Head coach Stuart Lancaster has named a side containing only 12 capped internationals.
Watson is one of four senior England debutants along with Northampton Saints prop Alex Waller, Gloucester Rugby centre Henry Trinder and Leicester Tigers lock Slater. Christchurch-born Michael Paterson, a former Crusader, is named on the replacements’ bench.
Lancaster said: “This is a really important match for us in terms of the development of our squad. We wanted this game to test ourselves against a top Super 15 side and with a large squad out here we are hoping to create opportunities for everyone to lay down a marker on this tour. We can see by how they have trained that they can’t wait to pull on an England shirt tomorrow.”
England will be supporting the rebuilding of Christchurch by wearing the Canterbury Rugby Earthquake Relief Charitable Trust logo on their playing jerseys and donating 10 specially embroidered signed shirts to be auctioned off in aid of the fund.
England team to face Crusaders
15 Alex Goode (Saracens)
14 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
13 Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)
12 Brad Barritt (Saracens)
11 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
10 Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)
9 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
1 Alex Waller (Northampton Saints)
2 Joe Gray (Harlequins)
3 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
4 Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers, capt)
5 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby)
6 James Haskell (London Wasps)
7 Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
8 Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
16 David Ward (Harlequins)
17 Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby)
18 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
19 Michael Paterson (Sale Sharks)
20 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)
21 Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)
22 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
23 Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors)