Wilson on the bench for England v South Africa

22 November 2012

David Wilson has kept his place on the bench for England's QBE International against South Africa on Saturday in a side showing six changes in all.

21-year-old lock Joe Launchbury has impressed off the bench against Fiji and Australia and is awarded with his first start for England.

Tom Wood (Northampton Saints) and Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby) take over from Tom Johnson and Thomas Waldrom at No 6 and 8 respectively, while Alex Corbisiero comes in for Joe Marler at loosehead prop.

Mike Brown (Harlequins) replaces Charlie Sharples on the left wing and Ben Youngs partners Leicester Tigers' team-mate Toby Flood at half-back.

There are also call-ups to the bench for the first time in this series for James Haskell, Mouritz Botha and Jonathan Joseph.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We have picked a team that will give us the best chance of beating South Africa. There were some tight calls, which is what you want as coaches, but the players we have brought into start have been training well, will bring a real motivation to make the most of their opportunity and will suit the challenge we face against a tough and physical South African team."

England (v South Africa, 2.30pm Saturday, Twickenham Stadium)

15. Alex Goode

14. Chris Ashton

13. Manusamoa Tuilagi

12. Brad Barritt

11. Mike Brown

10. Toby Flood

9. Ben Youngs

1. Alex Corbisiero

2. Tom Youngs  

3. Dan Cole

4. Joe Launchbury

5. Geoff Parling

6. Tom Wood

7. Chris Robshaw

8. Ben Morgan


16. David Paice

17. David Wilson

18. Mako Vunipola

19. Mouritz Botha

20 James Haskell

21. Danny Care

22. Owen Farrell

23. Jonathan Joseph

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