Six Nations: England make one change for Wales showdown

Last Updated: 07/03/14 1:47pm

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England have made just one change to the team for Sunday's crunch Six Nations clash with Wales at Twickenham.

Ben Morgan, as expected, replaces the injured Billy Vunipola at number eight, with Exeter back-row Tom Johnson coming on to the bench.

England coach Stuart Lancaster has otherwise kept the same team that beat Ireland 13-10 in their last match.

"He has been pushing hard for the number eight shirt and now gets his opportunity, so we are looking forward to seeing him from the start."
Lancaster on Morgan

Morgan has made a significant contribution already to England's Six Nations campaign as an impact replacement.

But the Gloucester star will start the game on Sunday afternoon, winning his 19th cap.

"Ben has made an impact off the bench in the previous games," Lancaster said.

"He has been pushing hard for the number eight shirt and now gets his opportunity, so we are looking forward to seeing him from the start.


"Tom Johnson has been outstanding for Exeter and gives us options off the bench as he has played in all three back-row positions for his club."

The winners of Sunday's match will be in a position to contest the Six Nations title on the final weekend.

England have been playing down the significance of last year's hammering in Cardiff, but for supporters the match is one of the most eagerly anticipated of recent years.

And Lancaster says the fans will have a big part to play.

"We can't wait to play at home again," Lancaster said. "The players have said that the atmosphere at Twickenham for the Ireland game was the best they had experienced and I'm sure it will be the same again on Sunday.

"It definitely gives us an extra lift and that's what we want against another experienced, high-quality side, who are looking to defend their title."

Team: 15 Brown, 14 Nowell, 13 Burrell, 12 Twelvetrees, 11 May, 10 Farrell, 9 Care, 1 Marler, 2 Hartley, 3 Wilson, 4 Launchbury, 5 Lawes, 6 Wood, 7 Robshaw, 8 Morgan

Replacements: 16 T Youngs, 17 M Vunipola, 18 Thomas, 19 Attwood, 20 Johnson, 21 Dickson, 22 Ford, 23 Goode

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