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ENGLAND TEAM UPDATE – Care replaces Youngs on bench

07 November 2013

  • Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley and David Wilson in to face Argentina
  • Danny Care is on the bench after Ben Youngs failed late fitness test 


England will field a changed front row in Saturday’s QBE International against Argentina at Twickenham.    

Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley and David Wilson replace Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs and Dan Cole against the Pumas.

Cole and Youngs are included on an experienced replacements’ bench, which also sees the return of fellow British & Irish Lions Alex Corbisiero and Geoff Parling.

Corbisiero has recovered from a knee injury while Parling is back after suffering mild concussion in the build up to the match against Australia.

David Wilson

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Ben Foden is included on the left wing after Marland Yarde failed a late fitness test due to a hip injury, with Foden's move from the bench to the starting XV allows Alex Goode to take a place in the matchday squad.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “Joe Marler was excellent off the bench against Australia and merits his opportunity, as does David Wilson, who has been pushing hard for selection.

"Dylan gets a deserved chance at hooker with Tom Youngs on the bench after the safe arrival of his first child this morning. Rob Webber remains on standby.

“Christian Wade was in contention for a start but his hamstring tightened up in training and unfortunately he hasn’t recovered sufficiently in time to be considered for Saturday. Marland Yarde failed a fitness test on a hip injury sustained last weekend this morning so Ben Foden gets his chance with Alex Goode on the bench. Ben has had a full week's training on the wing, he is a great finisher and in form so it's a great option for us.

England scrum half Danny Care, who replaces Ben Youngs on the bench against Argentina

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“The Twickenham crowd was superb against Australia and we were pleased to get the victory but we know there’s more to come from this team and we are looking forward to building on that momentum for this weekend.”

Meanwhile, Danny Care has been called-up as replacement scrum half after Ben Youngs failed a late fitness test on a hip injury.

Lancaster added: “Ben is still suffering some discomfort in his hip area and is unable to run at full pace. He is making good progress and should be fit for consideration next week. We are fortunate that we can call on Danny who has been playing well for Harlequins and training hard with us.”

England (v Argentina, QBE International, Saturday, 2.30pm, Twickenham Stadium, live on Sky Sports 2 HD & 3D) 

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 19 caps)
14 Chris Ashton (Saracens, 35 caps) 
13 Joel Tomkins (Saracens, 1 cap)
12 Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 6 caps) 
11 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints, 32 caps)
10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 17 caps)
9 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 10 caps)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 13 caps)
2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 48 caps)
3 David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 29 caps)
4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 12 caps)
5 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 23 caps)
6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 21 caps)
7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 18 caps)
8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 3 caps) 


16 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 10 caps
17 Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints, 18 caps)
18 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 41 caps)
19 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 17 caps)
20 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 13 caps)
21 Danny Care (Harlequins, 41 caps)
22 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers, 58 caps)
23 Alex Goode (Saracens, 11 caps)

Watch Stuart Lancaster's interview about his selections

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