England change their front line to face New Zealand

England change their front line to face New Zealand

After a big win over Japan, de la Rose's XV face another test against New Zealand on Saturday. Joe Marler has been promoted to left-arm position.

England coach Steve Borthwick changed his attacking line-up for Saturday's opening match against New Zealand, but retained the team that beat Eddie Jones's inexperienced Japan in Tokyo last month (-17).

Joe Marler replaces Bevan Rudd at left prop and right prop Will Stewart replaces Dan Cole in the only changes to the starting line-up for the match at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday.

Uncapped duo Finn Baxter and winger Ollie Sleatholm will be hoping to make their England debuts off the bench.

Alex Coles and Ben Spencer have also been called up to the reserves, with Charlie Ewells ruled out of the New Zealand tour through suspension, and Tom Carey, Harry Randall and Tom Roebuck left out of the Round 23 squad.

“There is nothing more difficult than playing New Zealand on our home ground, but that is exactly where we want to be.”“Borthwick said in a team statement. “We want to learn more about ourselves and test ourselves against one of the best teams in the world.”he added.

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