Wilson named on the bench for Italian challenge

8 March 2013

Bath Rugby powerhouse David Wilson has retained his place on the bench for England as they prepare to face Italy on Sunday at Twickenham in the RBS 6 Nations, kick-off 15.00.

The side features five changes to the side that started over France, with Mako Vunipola replacing Joe Marler, Danny Care and Toby Flood taking-over at half-back from Ben Youngs and Owen Farrell, Tom Youngs coming in for Dylan Hartley and James Haskell is named at blindside flanker in place of Courtney Lawes.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We were very happy with the way we finished the France game. The impact the replacements made shows that we have competition for places across the board and we have had to make some tight calls.

"Italy will be highly motivated for this game and we will have to perform for the full 80 minutes. I am sure those starting will seize their chance and the bench will also have a significant part to play as the game goes on. 

"The support at Twickenham for the Scotland and France games was superb and I am sure the atmosphere will be fantastic again for our final home match of the Championship."

England (v Italy, Sunday, 3pm, Twickenham Stadium, live on BBC One) 

15. Alex Goode (Saracens, 9 caps) 

14. Chris Ashton (Saracens, 32 caps) 

13. Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 19 caps)

12. Brad Barritt (Saracens, 14 caps)

11. Mike Brown (Harlequins, 14 caps) 

10. Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers, 55 caps)

9. Danny Care (Harlequins, 39 caps)

1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 7 caps) 

2. Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 7 caps) 

3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 38 caps) 

4. Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 7 caps) 

5. Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 15 caps) 

6. James Haskell (London Wasps, 48 caps) 

7. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 15 caps) 

8. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 16 caps) 


16. Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 45 caps) 

17. David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 24 caps) 

18. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 8 caps) 

19. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 18 caps) 

20. Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers, 36 caps) 

21. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 31 caps) 

22. Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)

23. Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 2 caps)

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