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Lancaster set to make changes

08th June 2014 12:33

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STRETCHING ENGLAND CAPTAINS RUN

Stuart Lancaster: Wants to bring in some of his first-choice players

England boss Stuart Lancaster is planning to ring the changes for Saturday's second Test with New Zealand in Dunedin.

With several stalwarts, who arrived late from last weekend's Premiership Final, available for selection, or recovering from injury, Lancaster revealed that some of the players who shone in the 20-15 loss to the All Blacks in Auckland cane expect to be amongst the replacements in Dunedin.

"There were a lot of players who got opportunities who took them," he told Sky Sports News.

"The impact of the bench will be important in the second Test and perhaps the rotation that we put in between the second and third Tests might come into the equation as well."

Only nine or 10 players who impressed against the world champions in the first Test are expected to be in the starting line-up this weekend.

Owen Farrell, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood are set to return to the run-on side while Danny Care and Billy Twelvetrees, who are recovering from injuries, may also come into contention.

"Danny's making good progress," added Lancaster.

"We are hopeful he will take a little part in skills, in Monday's training, and then Tuesday should be able to train (with) no contact and be fit to go come Thursday, so we're pretty optimistic about him.

"Billy Twelvetrees is good, he came through Saturday's training fine."

And Lancaster remains confident that his side can bounce back and come from behind to take the series.

"It's always been our goal to come here and win the series. We didn't quite nail the first game but we'll be confident but know we've got to improve in order to win the second."

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