ENGLAND coach Stuart Lancaster will grant debuts to Wasps wing Christian Wade and new Gloucester flanker Matt Kvesic against Argentina tomorrow and warned his reshaped team to brace themselves for a bumpy ride.
With 10 England regulars included in the British and Irish Lions squad, plus Chris Ashton and Chris Robshaw left at home, Lancaster views the two-Test series in South America as the ideal chance to run the rule over several inexperienced players ahead of the home autumn internationals.
“The intensity will be higher than some of the players have played in before,” he said. “The speed of thought and deed, dealing with the passion and emotion of it all will be critical. It is the perfect challenge we want for this group of players.”
Following Alex Corbisiero’s late call-up to the Lions squad, Lancaster has picked Joe Marler in the front row alongside Rob Webber, while Bath team-mate Dave Attwood plays in the second row with Wasps’ Joe Launchbury.
Tom Wood captains the team and Ben Morgan starts at No8.
Prop David Wilson, scrum-half Lee Dickson, fly-half Freddie Burns, wing David Strettle, midfielders Billy Twelvetrees and Jonathan Joseph, plus full-back Mike Brown complete the starting line-up.