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VIDEO – Ben Morgan starts against Wales

07 March 2014

  • Ben Morgan replaces injured Billy Vunipola at No.8
  • Tom Johnson onto the bench as back-row cover

Gloucester Rugby No.8 Ben Morgan has replaced the injured Billy Vunipola in the England side to face Wales on Sunday at Twickenham (kick-off 3pm), with the only other change seeing Exeter Chiefs back-rower Tom Johnson coming onto the replacements' bench.

Having impressed with powerful cameos in each of England's six Tests this season, Morgan gets his first start since the summer tour of South America.

Ben Morgan

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Johnson last represented his country in the 20-14 defeat to Australia in November 2012, but has earns a chance to win a sixth cap on the back of some extremely dynamic displays in the Aviva Premiership.

Victory over Wales would see England clinch their first Triple Crown since 2003 and halt a run of three consecutive losses to Warren Gatland's charges.

England side to face Wales on Sunday, March 9 (kick-off 3pm, live on BBC Sport)

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 24 caps) 
14 Jack Nowell  (Exeter Chiefs, 3 caps) 
13 Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints, 3 caps) 
12 Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 11 caps) 
11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 4 caps) 
10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 22 caps) 
Danny Care (Harlequins, 45 caps) 

Joe Marler (Harlequins, 18 caps) 
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 53 caps) 
David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 32 caps) 
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 17 caps) 
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 28 caps) 
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 26 caps) 
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain, 24 caps) 
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 18 caps)


16 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 15 caps) 
17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 13 caps) 
18 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks, 5 caps) 
19 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 8 caps) 
20 Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs, 5 caps) 
21 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 14 caps) 
22 George Ford (Bath Rugby, 0 caps) 
23 Alex Goode (Saracens, 15 caps)


England supporters can use #carrythemhome to tweet their motivational messages to the team, which could then appear on the Twickenham Stadium tunnel wall as the players take to the field. Before the roar of the crowd, the national anthems, or that first blow of the whistle, your words will inspire England. Be the First Contact.