Rookies face All Black baptism

England have included two new caps in their starting XV to play the All Blacks at Twickenham on Sunday.

Gloucester inside centre Anthony Allen and Bristol scrumhalf Shaun Perry will make their international debuts, but coach Andy Robinson has still gone with plenty of experience and a heavyweight pack. It is an indication of the team Jake White’s Boks can expect to play on November 18.

Twenty-year-old Allen has been outstanding for Gloucester in their unbeaten start to the Premiership, and will partner Newcastle’s Jamie Noon in midfield. South African-born Stuart Abbott was unavailable because of injury.

Perry replaces Peter Richards, who started both Tests during the tour of Australia.

Josh Lewsey, Mathew Tait and James Forrester were not considered because of injury.

England have lost their last five tests and Sunday’s international is the first of four in four successive weekends with Argentina and the Boks (twice) to follow.

There are nine changes to the starting XV that lost 43-18 to Australia in Melbourne earlier this year. The players to survive from that test are fullback Iain Balshaw, centre Jamie Noon, loose-forward Pat Sanderson, lock Ben Kay, prop Julian White and hooker George Chuter.

England team to play All Blacks:

15 Iain Balshaw; 14 Mark Cueto, 13 Jamie Noon, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Ben Cohen; 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Shaun Perry, 8 Pat Sanderson, 7 Lewis Moody, 6 Martin Corry (c), 5 Ben Kay, 4 Danny Grewcock, 3 Julian White, 2 George Chuter, 1 Andrew Sheridan.
Replacements: To be announced.