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TEAM CHANGE – Launchbury in for injured Parling

18 June 2014

  • Late change sees hamstring victim Parling replaced by Launchbury 
  • Eastmond and Tuilagi start in the centres for series finale

Kyle Eastmond returns at inside centre as one of seven England changes to the starting line-up for Saturday’s third Test against New Zealand at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton.

The 24-year-old three-Test No.12 is reunited with Manu Tuilagi in the centres after impressing as a combination in the 20-15 first Test defeat in Auckland. Tuilagi moves in from the right wing to accommodate Chris Ashton, who makes his first England start since the match against New Zealand in November 2013.

Scrum half Ben Youngs and fly half Freddie Burns replace the injured pair Danny Care (shoulder) and Owen Farrell (knee) at half back, with Billy Twelvetrees dropping out of the match day squad and Luther Burrell on the bench.

England hooker Dylan Hartley, who starts the third Test against New Zealand in Hamilton

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Lee Dickson and Danny Cipriani, after assured displays in the 38-7 win over the Crusaders on Tuesday, are the half back replacements available.

In a late change on Friday morning, lock Joe Launchbury was promoted to the starting line-up in place of Geoff Parling, who suffered a hamstring strain in the second Test. Dave Attwood takes Launchbury's spot on the bench.

That means there are still three changes in the pack with hooker Dylan Hartley, lock Courtney Lawes and No.8 Billy Vunipola, who all came off the bench in the second half of the 28-27 second Test defeat in Dunedin last Saturday, starting the game at the Waikato Stadium. The trio take over from Rob Webber, Parling and Ben Morgan respectively, who are on the bench.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We want to finish the tour and the season on a high and we have a fantastic opportunity on Saturday. Our aim was to win a Test series and we are disappointed that we haven’t.

“We have progressed as a squad during this tour and while there has been challenges with the end of season scheduling affecting selection it has been a great opportunity to work with a wider group of players and test many of them at the highest level in the build-up to the World Cup. I am confident the players selected for Saturday will go all out to achieve the win.”

England team to face New Zealand

Third Test, Steinlager Series, Waikato Stadium, Saturday, June 21, 7.35pm NZST/8.35am BST

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 28 caps) 
14 Chris Ashton (Saracens, 38 caps)
13 Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 24 caps)
12 Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby, 3 caps) 
11 Marland Yarde (London Irish, 4 caps)
10 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, 4 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 37 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 21 caps) 
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 56 caps)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 36 caps)
4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 21 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 31 caps)  
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 29 caps)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain, 27 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 9 caps) 


16 Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 7 caps) 
17 Matt Mullan (London Wasps, 4 caps)
18 Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)
19 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 11 caps)
20 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 22 caps)
21 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 17 caps) 
22 Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks, 8 caps)
23 Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)  

New Zealand tour results and fixture
(all games live on SkySports HD, kick-off 7.35pm NZST/8.35am BST)

Saturday, June 7: New Zealand 20 England 15 First Test – Eden Park, Auckland
Saturday, June 14: New Zealand 28 England 27 Second Test – Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Tuesday, June 17: Crusaders 7 England 38 – AMI (Addington) Stadium, Christchurch
Saturday, June 21: Third Test – Waikato Stadium, Hamilton