England debut for Harrison

Date published: May 27 2016

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 17:  Teimana Harrison looks on during the England training session held at Brighton College on May 17, 2016 in Brighton, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Northampton Saints flanker Teimana Harrison is to win his first international cap after being named in England's side to take on Wales at Twickenham on Sunday.

Harrison is one of four uncapped players in the squad for Sunday's game with Wasps-bound hooker Tommy Taylor and centre Ollie Devoto – who will join Exeter next term. Leicester Tigers loosehead prop Ellis Genge is also named in the 23-man squad. 

Jack Clifford (Harlequins) starts at number eight with Joe Launchbury (Wasps) and Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) making up the second row pairing. There are also starts for Wasps loosehead prop Matt Mullan, Harlequins wing Marland Yarde and Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell.

Dave Attwood (Bath), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester) and Paul Hill (Northampton Saints) are also named amongst the replacements.

“We’ve picked a side we believe can beat Wales,” said England Head Coach Eddie Jones. “It’s a good mixture of experience and youth.

“Obviously we have a number of players missing from the squad who are taking part in the Premiership final but this provides us with a great opportunity to expose other players to Test rugby. This will serve to strengthen the squad’s depth as we move towards the 2019 World Cup. 

He added: “We’ve prepared well this week and I’m pleased with the progress the squad have made in the short time we’ve had together. There’s been plenty of energy and enthusiasm and you can tell the lads have enjoyed being back in camp."

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jack Clifford, 7 James Haskell, 6 Teimana Harrison, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Matt Mullan
Replacements: 
16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Matt Kvesic, 21 Danny Care, 22 Ollie Devoto, 23 Elliot Daly

Date: Sunday, May 29
Venue: Twickenham
Kick-off: 15:00 BST (14:00 GMT)
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant Referees: John Lacey (Ireland), George Clancy (Ireland)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

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