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VIDEO – Kvesic and Wade handed Test debuts in Salta

06 June 2013

  • Eastmond, Thomas and Vunipola in line for first caps from replacements' bench
  • “This is a young England side but one with a great deal of ability” – Lancaster


Christian Wade and Matt Kvesic will win their first caps for England against Argentina this weekend.

London Wasps wing Wade, 22, and Worcester Warriors flanker Kvesic, 21, make their debuts against the Pumas at the Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena in Salta on Saturday (20:10 BST).

Matt Kvesic

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Three more players – Bath Rugby centre Kyle Eastmond, Sale Sharks prop Henry Thomas and London Wasps back row forward Billy Vunipola – will also make their first Test appearances if they come off the replacements bench.

Fly half Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby), hooker Rob Webber (Bath Rugby) and lock Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby) all start a capped international for the first time.

Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “It’s always a great pleasure to award someone their first caps and Christian and Matt, as well as the three uncapped players on the bench, deserve their chance against the Pumas because of their form and hard work this season for their clubs and with us.

“This is a young England side but one with a great deal of ability and self-belief that has bonded well in the time we’ve been together at home and in Uruguay and Argentina.

“Facing Argentina in front of their home crowd in Salta will be a challenge but I’m sure it’s one this team will relish.”

England side to face Argentina in Salta on Saturday, June 8 (kick-off 20:10 BST)

15. Mike Brown (Harlequins, 16 caps)
14. Christian Wade (Wasps, uncapped)
13. Jonathan Joseph (London Irish, 4 caps)
12. Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 4 caps)
11. David Strettle (Saracens, 13 caps)
10. Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
9. Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 7 caps)
1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 10 caps)
2. Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)
3. David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 26 caps)
4. Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 9 caps)
5. Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 2 caps)
6. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 18 caps, captain)
7. Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors, uncapped)
8. Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 10 caps)


16. David Paice (London Irish, 6 caps)
17. Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
18. Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)
19. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 20 caps)
20. Billy Vunipola (London Wasps, uncapped)
21. Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 12 caps)
22. Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
23. Ben Foden (Northampton Saints, 30 caps)