Cole back for England

Date published: November 14 2013


Stuart Lancaster has made one change to his starting side that will face New Zealand, with Dan Cole returning in place of David Wilson.

England have made one alteration to their starting line-up that will face New Zealand, with prop Dan Cole returning to the side in place of David Wilson.

There are two other changes to the matchday 23 as Matt Mullan comes on to the replacements' bench in place of the injured Alex Corbisiero, while Ben Youngs returns ahead of Danny Care.

Meanwhile, hooker Dylan Hartley will win his 50th England cap in this week's mouth-watering clash.

“It's a great achievement for Dylan to reach 50 caps. We are a young side but one that is growing with every game and it's important to have leaders like Dylan,” said head coach Stuart Lancaster.

“We have had some enforced changes with Alex Corbisiero and Mako Vunipola unavailable and we have been unable to consider a number of players due to short and long term injuries. But we are ready for the challenge of playing a top quality side in New Zealand and are excited about playing at Twickenham.

“The atmosphere was amazing for this game last year – the crowd made a real difference and I'm sure they can help inspire us again on Saturday.”

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Ben Foden, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 David Wilson, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Alex Goode.

Date: Saturday, November 16
Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Venue: Twickenham
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
Television match official: Gareth Simmonds (Wales)
Assessor: Clayton Thomas (Wales)