New-look England to tackle SA Barbarians
11 Jun 2012
England will field a fresh starting line-up for the clash against the South African Southern Barbarians on Wednesday.
Most of the match 22 that faced the Springboks in Durban last Saturday will be rested. Tighthead prop Paul Doran Jones, lock Tom Palmer and scrumhalf Lee Dickson are the only players retained for the midweek match in Kimberley.
Lock George Robson has been given the captaincy.
‘Every one of the 22 is desperate to play,’ said England head coach Stuart Lancaster. ‘They have trained superbly and their attitude while waiting for their chance has been first class. There is a lot of competition for places across the board and Wednesday gives these players a chance to lay down a marker and for the whole squad to build some momentum towards Saturday’s Test.’
Meanwhile, there is one change to the SA Southern Barbarians team. Reserve lock Ben Venter is injured and was replaced in the squad by Border team-mate Samora Fihlani.
England – 15 Alex Goode, 14 David Strettle, 13 Anthony Allen, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Christian Wade, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Danny Care, 6 James Haskell, 7 Carl Fearns, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 5 George Robson (c), 4 Graham Kitchener, 3 Paul Doran Jones, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Matt Mullan.
Subs: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Rupert Harden, 18 Tom Palmer, 19 Jamie Gibson, 20 Lee Dickson, 21 George Lowe, 22 Nick Abendanon.
SA Southern Barbarians – 15 Jacquin Jansen (Boland), 14-Cornal Hendricks (Boland), 13 Kempie Rautenbach (SWD), 12 Wayne Stevens (EP Kings, c), 11 Norman Nelson (EP Kings), 10 Elgar Watts (Boland), 9 Boela Abrahams (EP Kings), 8 Jacques Engelbrecht (EP Kings), 7 Shaun Raubenheimer (SWD), 6 Mpho Mbiyozo (EP Kings), 5 David Bulbring (EP Kings), 4 Nolan Clark (Boland), 3 Ross Geldenhuys (Boland), 2 Hannes Franklin (EP Kings), 1 Corne Fourie (Pumas).
Subs: 16 Clemen Lewis (Boland), 17 Dean Hopp (SWD), 18 Samora Fihlani (Border), 19 Zandre Jordaan (Boland), 20 Ntando Kebe (Border), 21 Ricardo Croy (Boland), 22 Ntabeni Dukisa (Border).