Care, Vunipola, Eastmond miss out

Date published: November 19 2014

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England have left out Danny Care, Billy Vunipola and Kyle Eastmond for Saturday’s Test match against Samoa at Twickenham.

England have left out Danny Care, Billy Vunipola and Kyle Eastmond for Saturday’s Test match against Samoa at Twickenham.

Richard Wigglesworth, James Haskell and Billy Twelvetrees make their first appearances in a matchday squad this November.

Saracens scrum half Wigglesworth, who won the last of his 14 Test caps on the 2013 tour to Argentina, replaces the starting number nine from the three-point defeats to New Zealand and South Africa, Harlequins’ Care.

Similarly, Wasps back row Haskell adds the experience of 51 Test appearances in taking the place of Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola and Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees is in for Bath’s Kyle Eastmond, who suffered concussion against the Springboks.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster said he always planned to look at options during a four-game series and is rewarding players for their form.

“We always wanted to use these four games to look at options in our squad and Billy, Richard and James have been in great form for their clubs and pressing hard in training.

“Kyle has not been able to train due to the Graduated Return To Play protocol and will return to Bath to continue that process and hopefully he should be available for his club this weekend along with the other released players.”

Looking to arrest a run of five straight defeats on Saturday, Lancaster added: “We’ve got another full day of training tomorrow and the players are fully focused on another tough challenge against Samoa.”

England squad to face Samoa

Forwards: Dave Attwood, Kieran Brookes, Dylan Hartley, James Haskell, George Kruis, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Ben Morgan, Matt Mullan, Chris Robshaw (c), Rob Webbry, David Wilson, Tom Wood

Backs: Brad Barritt, Mike Brown, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Jonny May, Billy Twelvetrees, Anthony Watson, Richard Wigglesworth, Marland Yarde, Ben Youngs

Returning to Premiership clubs: Luther Burrell, Danny Care, Calum Clark,Kyle Eastmond, Billy Vunipola

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