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Morgan at eight for England

07th March 2014 09:36

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England have made two changes to their squad for Sunday's Six Nations match against Wales at Twickenham.

Ben Morgan replaces the injured Billy Vunipola at number eight to win his 19th cap, with Exeter Chiefs' Tom Johnson coming on to the replacements' bench.

"Ben has made an impact off the bench in the previous games. He has been pushing hard for the number eight shirt and now gets his opportunity so we are looking forward to seeing him from the start," said England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

"Tom has been outstanding for Exeter Chiefs and gives us options off the bench as he has played in all three back-row positions for his club.

"We can't wait to play at home again. The players have said that the atmosphere at Twickenham for the Ireland game was the best they had experienced and I am sure it will be the same again on Sunday.

"It definitely gives us an extra lift and that's what we want against another experienced, high quality side, who are looking to defend their title."

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Danny Care, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 David Wilson, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 David Attwood, 20 Tom Johnson, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 George Ford, 23 Alex Goode

Date: Sunday 9th March
Venue: Twickenham
Kick-off: 15:00 (local and GMT)
Referee: Romain Poite (Fra)
Assistant referees: Steve Walsh (Aus), Lourens van der Merwe (RSA)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ire)

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