Cole recalled for All Blacks test

November 14, 2013
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England head coach Stuart Lancaster has decided to pick Dan Cole at tight-head prop rather than David Wilson for Saturday's game against New Zealand at Twickenham.

It is the only change to the starting line-up from the England team that beat Argentina 31-12 last weekend.

Wasps loose-head prop Matt Mullan is among the replacements as Alex Corbisiero is injured, and could win his second cap, while Ben Youngs returns for Danny Care as the replacement scrum-half after recovering from a hip injury.

Hooker Dylan Hartley, first capped in 2008, will win his 50th cap alongside Cole in the front row after impressing against the Pumas.

Lancaster said of Hartley: "It's a great achievement for Dylan to reach 50 caps. We're a young side but one that's growing with every game and it's important to have leaders like Dylan.

"We've had some enforced changes with Alex Corbisiero and Mako Vunipola unavailable and we've been unable to consider a number of players due to short- and long-term injuries.

"But we're ready for the challenge of playing a top-quality side in New Zealand and are excited about playing at Twickenham. The atmosphere was amazing for this game last year - the crowd made a real difference and I'm sure they can help inspire us again on Saturday."

Meanwhile, New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter will become the fifth All Black to win 100 caps on Saturday.

England team: Mike Brown, Chris Ashton, Joel Tomkins, Billy Twelvetrees, Ben Foden, Owen Farrell, Lee Dickson, Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Tom Youngs, Matt Mullan, David Wilson, Geoff Parling, Ben Morgan, Ben Youngs, Toby Flood, Alex Goode.


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