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VIDEO – Yarde to start maiden Test in Buenos Aires

13 June 2013

  • Yarde replaces Strettle on left wing
  • Late change sees May start on other flank after Wade's Lions call 


London Irish wing Marland Yarde will win his first England cap against Argentina this weekend.

The 21 year-old comes into the side on the left wing to face the Pumas at Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires on Saturday (kick-off 20:10 BST).

Bath Rugby’s Kyle Eastmond, who made his Test debut in last Saturday’s 32-3 win in Salta, will start for the first time in the No.12 shirt vacated by Lions-bound centre Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby).

Marland Yarde

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And fly half Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints) will win a first cap if he comes off the replacements’ bench.

England are bidding to secure a first series win in Argentina since 1981, when Bill Beaumont’s tourists drew the first and won the second of their two Tests.

Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “It is great to reward young players who have pushed through this season. They have worked hard to earn their opportunities on this tour.

“This is a young England side which made a very positive start to the series in Salta. But we expect Argentina to come back very strongly in front of a big home crowd. It’s a great challenge and one we are all looking forward to.”

England team to play Argentina on Saturday, June 15 (kick-off 20:10 BST)

15. Mike Brown (Harlequins, 17 caps)
14. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)
13. Jonathan Joseph (London Irish, 5 caps)
12. Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby, 1 cap)
11. Marland Yarde (London Irish, uncapped)
10. Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, 2 caps)
9. Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 8 caps)
1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 11 caps)
2. Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 4 caps)
3. David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 27 caps)
4. Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 10 caps)
5. Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)
6. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 19 caps, captain)
7. Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors, 1 cap)
8. Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 11 caps)


16. David Paice (London Irish, 7 caps)
17. Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)
18. Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks, 1 cap)
19. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 21 caps)
20. Billy Vunipola (London Wasps, 1 cap)
21. Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 13 caps)
22. Stephen Myler (uncapped)
23. Ben Foden (Northampton Saints, 31 caps)