Planet Rugby

England

England

England change five for Italy

08th March 2013 10:48

Share:

Mako Vunipola England training 2012

Starter: Mako Vunipola

England coach Stuart Lancaster had made five changes to his starting XV to face Italy at Twickenham on Sunday.

Mako Vunipola will make his first start for England. The Saracens prop, who has won seven caps off the bench, replaces Joe Marler in one of five changes from the side that started against France.

Danny Care and Toby Flood take over at halfback from Ben Youngs and Owen Farrell respectively; Tom Youngs comes in for Dylan Hartley; and James Haskell is named at blindside flanker in place of Courtney Lawes.

Tom Croft of Leicester Tigers is back in the England matchday squad for the first time in 12 months following his recovery from a neck injury, while Freddie Burns joins him among the replacements as Farrell needs more time to return to full fitness.

"We were very happy with the way we finished the France game. The impact the replacements made shows that we have competition for places across the board and we have had to make some tight calls," said England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

"Italy will be highly motivated for this game and we will have to perform for the full 80 minutes. I am sure those starting will seize their chance and the bench will also have a significant part to play as the game goes on.

"The support at Twickenham for the Scotland and France games was superb and I am sure the atmosphere will be fantastic again for our final home match of the Championship."

England: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Mike Brown, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Danny Care, 8 Tom Wood, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 James Haskell, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 David Wilson, 18 Joe Marler, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Tom Croft, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Billy Twelvetrees.

Date: Sunday, 10 March
Venue: Twickenham
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Mathieu Raynal (France)
Television match official: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

  • England Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
International Match
Saturday , November 29
England vs AustraliaEngland vs Australia Preview
More International Match fixtures
RBS Six Nations
Friday , February 6
Wales vs England20:05
Saturday , February 14
England vs Italy14:30
More RBS Six Nations fixtures
  • England Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
International Match
Saturday , November 22
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
Saturday , November 15
England 28 - 31 South AfricaEngland vs South Africa Report
Saturday , November 8
England 21 - 24 New Zealand
More International Match results
  • Table
RBS Six Nations Table
PosTeamPPts
1Ireland58
2England58
3Wales56
4France56
5Scotland52
6Italy50