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England go with Eastmond and Tuilagi

18th June 2014 23:16

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RUGBY RUGBY UNION KYLE EASTMOND, ENGLAND TRAINING

Centres: Eastmond and Tuilagi

England have made several changes to their XV that will face New Zealand at Waikato Stadium, as Kyle Eastmond and Manu Tuilagi are paired at centre.

Ben Youngs and Freddie Burns replace injured pair Danny Care and Owen Farrell while centre Eastmond comes in for Billy Twelvetrees, where he's joined by Tuilagi, with Chris Ashton at wing.

There are three changes in the pack with Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Billy Vunipola taking over from Rob Webber, Joe Launchbury and Ben Morgan respectively at hooker, lock and eight.

"We want to finish the tour and the season on a high and we have a fantastic opportunity on Saturday. Our aim was to win a Test series and we are disappointed that we haven't but I am confident the players selected will go all out to achieve the win on Saturday," said England head coach Stuart Lancaster ahead of the series finale.

"We have progressed as a squad during this tour and while there has been challenges with the end of season scheduling affecting selection it has been a great opportunity to work with a wider group of players and test many of them at the highest level in the build up to the World Cup."

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (capt), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 David Wilson, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Rob Webber, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Luther Burrell.

Date: Saturday, June 21
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), James Leckie (Australia)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)
Assessor: Clayton Thomas (Wales)

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