England Team Named For Warm-Up Clash With Wales At Twickenham
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Head coach Eddie Jones has named his England team for this weekend’s World Cup warm-up clash with rivals Wales at Twickenham. George Ford will captain England with 377 caps in the starting XV which includes two debutants.
Gloucester Rugby’s Willi Heinz is named at scrum half and Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby) is set to start on the right wing. Heinz and Sam Underhill, who will wear the number 7 shirt, are named as vice captains.
Anthony Watson will play on the left wing in his first Test since March 2018 following long-term injury. Luke Cowan-Dickie is named at hooker and will make his first start in 12 matches for England.
England starting XV
15 Elliot Daly (Saracens, 30 caps)
14 Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 22 caps)
12 Piers Francis (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)
11 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 33 caps)
10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 55 caps) C
9 Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped) VC
1 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 9 caps)
2 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 11 caps)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 85 caps)
4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 58 caps)
5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)
6 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 10 caps)
7 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 9 caps) VC
8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 41 caps)
16 Jack Singleton (Saracens, uncapped)
17 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 59 caps)
18 Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 17 caps)
19 George Kruis (Saracens, 32 caps)
20 Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 85 caps)
22 Joe Marchant (Harlequins, uncapped)
23 Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 4 caps)