Dickson leads exciting England XV

Date published: May 29 2015

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has named his England XV squad to face the Barbarians on Sunday at Twickenham.

The team will be captained by Northampton Saints scrum-half Lee Dickson and will feature ten players named in England’s initial World Cup training squad earlier this month in the starting line-up.

Joe Launchbury (Wasps) and Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers) will be seen for the first time in an England shirt this season after both recovering from long-term injuries.

The match also sees the return of the 38-Test international Mathew Tait (Leicester Tigers), who played in England’s Rugby World Cup final in 2007 and last featured for his country in 2010.

Jack Clifford (Harlequins), captain of the England U20 side that won the 2013 Six Nations and Junior World Championship, will start at openside flanker.

"We’ve had a short but very good week in camp and the players have worked hard. I’ve been extremely happy with the way they have gone about their training and prep off the field," said Lancaster.

"This is an exciting group of players who will be eager to impress in an England shirt with a number of guys having one eye on the World Cup in September. We know the Barbarians have a large number of experienced international guys and they will be ready for us having played Ireland last night. We are expecting a tough encounter.”

England: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Henry Slade, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Lee Dickson (c), 8 Josh Beaumont, 7 Jack Clifford, 6 Mark Wilson, 5 Joe Launchbury, 4 Ed Slater, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Matt Mullan
Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 James Gaskell, 20 Jon Fisher, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Shane Geraghty, 23 Alex Lewington

Date: Sunday, May 31
Venue: Twickenham Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00 local (14:00 GMT)
Referee: George Clancy
Assistant Referees: Luke Pearce, Shaun Dix
TMO: Sean Davey