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England name changed front-row

07th November 2013 10:54

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Joe Marler of England is tackled by Francois Trinh Duc

Starting prop: Joe Marler

England will field a changed front row in their Test against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday.

Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley and David Wilson replace Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs and Dan Cole against the Pumas.

Cole and Youngs are included on an experienced replacements' bench, which also sees the return from concussion and injury of fellow British and Irish Lions Alex Corbisiero and Geoff Parling.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "Joe Marler was excellent off the bench against Australia and merits his opportunity, as does David Wilson, who has been pushing hard for selection.

"Dylan gets a deserved chance at hooker with Tom Youngs on the bench after the safe arrival of his first child this morning. Rob Webber remains on standby.

"Christian Wade was in contention for a start but his hamstring tightened up in training and unfortunately he hasn't recovered sufficiently in time to be considered for Saturday.

"Maland Yarde failed a fitness test on a hip injury sustained last weekend this morning so Ben Foden gets his chance with Alex Goode on the bench. Ben has had a full week's training on the wing, he is a great finisher and in form so it's a great option for us.

"The Twickenham crowd was superb against Australia and we were pleased to get the victory but we know there's more to come from this team and we are looking forward to building on that momentum for this weekend."

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Christ Ashton, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Ben Foden, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw, 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 David Wilson, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Alex Corbisiero, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Alex Goode.

Date: Saturday, November 9
Venue: Twickenham
Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Referee: Pascal Gauzčre (France)
Assistant referees:Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Craig Joubert (South Africa)
TMO: Iain Ramage (Scotland)

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