Lawes in, Botha dropped
28 Nov 2012
Lock Courtney Lawes replaces South African-born Mouritz Botha in England’s match-day squad for the Test against the All Blacks on Saturday.
Head coach Stuart Lancaster announced a 23-man squad, which saw two changes made.
Lawes is called up after recovering from a serious knee injury, and will make his Test return this weekend. Botha, who failed to make a solid impact off the bench against the Springboks and lost the ball into touch from the final kick-off in the 16-15 loss at Twickenham, is dropped.
Gloucester flyhalf Freddie Burns also comes in for the injured Toby Flood. Saracens pivot Owen Farrell is set to start against the All Blacks.
England 23-man squad:
Forwards – Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), James Haskell (London Wasps), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Ben Morgan (Gloucester), David Paice (London Irish), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, c), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), David Wilson (Bath), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers),
Backs - Chris Ashton (Saracens), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Freddie Burns (Gloucester), Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).