Five new faces in England line-up
May 27, 2011
Gloucester's Henry Trinder gets the nod at outside centre for Sunday's clash with the Barbarians © Getty Images
Five newcomers will pull on a senior England shirt for the first time against the Barbarians on Sunday.
Gloucester centre Henry Trinder, Harlequins prop Joe Marler, Worcester lock Graham Kitchener, Exeter flanker Tom Johnson and Sale back-row forward Carl Fearns have all named in the starting line-up for the non-cap game at Twickenham.
Trinder, 22, is in midfield alongside Bath's Matt Banahan while Saracens-bound fly-half Charlie Hodgson will anchor an experienced back line that also includes Quins wing Ugo Monye. Gloucester No.8 Luke Narraway leads the side and is one of four full internationals in a young pack with London Irish hooker David Paice, soon-to-be Northampton prop Paul Doran-Jones and Gloucester lock David Attwood.
The replacements include Newcastle Falcons scrum-half Micky Young and London Irish flanker Jamie Gibson, drafted into the squad this week following injuries to the Northampton Saints pair of Lee Dickson (shoulder) and Calum Clark (back).
The side is coached by Stuart Lancaster, assisted by Jon Callard and Simon Hardy, and will form the core of the England Saxons squad defending the Churchill Cup next month.
Head coach Lancaster said: "It's a very exciting line-up with a good blend of experience and youth and we have the opportunity to measure ourselves against a very experienced Barbarians side including some of the very best players in the world on Sunday.
"It is a young England side and the match day squad has an average age of 23, but these are players who've been in terrific form for their clubs and many of them have played a major part in big games at the end of the season in the Aviva Premiership and in Europe."
England XV: M Brown (Harlequins); J Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester), H Trinder (Gloucester), M Banahan (Bath), U Monye (Harlequins); C Hodgson (Sale Sharks), P Hodgson (London Irish); J Marler (Harlequins), D Paice (London Irish), P Doran-Jones (Gloucester), G Kitchener (Worcester Warriors), D Attwood (Gloucester), T Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), C Fearns (Sale Sharks), L Narraway (Gloucester, captain)
Replacements: J Gray (Harlequins), K Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), J Gaskell (Sale Sharks), J Gibson (London Irish), M Young (Newcastle Falcons), S Myler (Northampton Saints), J Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
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