- Tom Johnson named in England match-day 23 for Wales
- Back row man is only change from squad which beat Ireland
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Stuart Lancaster has named Tom Johnson in his 23-man squad to prepare for Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations match against Wales at Twickenham Stadium (3pm, live on BBC Sport).
The Exeter Chiefs back row, who last appeared in a Test for England against Australia in 2012, is retained in place of Saracens No.8 Billy Vunipola, ruled out of the rest of the tournament with an ankle injury.
The remainder of the group is unchanged, with the England Head Coach firm in his conviction that the same group deserve the chance to continue after impressing in the 13-10 victory over Ireland at Twickenham.
Also outlining that Matt Mullan and Manu Tuilagi will train with the match-day squad on Friday, he said: “The performance against Ireland has given us a lot of confidence going into this game against a high quality Welsh team and we feel it’s right to give the bulk of that 23 another opportunity. Tom Johnson has trained with us throughout and we are looking forward to his contribution.
“There is a lot of competition for places and to have Marland and Manu back training with us this week has been great. With Leicester and Wasps not involved in the LV= Cup semi-finals this weekend we are able to keep Matt Mullan to provide cover in the front row and also to give Manu more time to get up to speed with the team."
England squad to face Wales (23)
David Attwood (Bath Rugby)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Bath Rugby)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Matt Mullan (London Wasps) and Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) will also return to camp to train with the match day 23.
Returning to Aviva Premiership clubs (8)
Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Marland Yarde (London Irish)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)