England wingers Christian Wade and Marland Yarde ruled out of Argentina clash

Last Updated: 09/11/13 4:55pm

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Christian Wade: Failed fitness test on hamstring injury

Christian Wade: Failed fitness test on hamstring injury

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Christian Wade and Marland Yarde have both been ruled out of England's autumn international against Argentina on Saturday.

Injuries to the wingers have allowed Chris Ashton to retain the No 14 jersey, while Ben Foden will start on the left wing as Stuart Lancaster made four changes to his starting line-up.

Wade failed a fitness test on a hamstring problem and Yarde will also miss the clash at Twickenham due to a hip injury, but Billy Twelvetrees remains at centre despite struggling against Australia.

Lancaster also named an all-new front row, with Joe Marler and David Wilson packing down either side of Dylan Hartley, while prop Alex Corbisiero is among the replacements as he returns from a knee injury.

Wilson comes in for Dan Cole, while Marler replaces Mako Vunipola after he was ruled out earlier this week due to a knee ligament problem.

Hartley reclaims his place at hooker as Tom Youngs has been given leave after his wife gave birth to their first child, although Youngs has been named in the replacements.

Temptation resisted

Lancaster also resisted the temptation to restore Geoff Parling to his starting XV, naming the Leicester lock on the bench after he missed last week's win over Australia with concussion.

"Christian was in contention for a start but his hamstring tightened up in training and unfortunately he hasn't recovered sufficiently in time to be considered."
Stuart Lancaster

Both Parling and Corbisiero trained in full during the week, but Lancaster is taking no chances with their fitness as he has one eye on next week's clash with New Zealand.

Wade had been expected to come in for Ashton, but Lancaster confirmed that the Wasps winger will now have to wait for his home England debut.

"Christian was in contention for a start but his hamstring tightened up in training and unfortunately he hasn't recovered sufficiently in time to be considered," Lancaster said.

"Marland failed a fitness test on a hip injury sustained last weekend so Ben Foden gets his chance with Alex Goode on the bench. Ben has had a full week's training on the wing, he is a great finisher and in form so it's a great option for us."

Lancaster also explained his decision to start Marler ahead of Corbisiero, who was pivotal to the British and Irish Lions' success in Australia during the summer.

"Joe Marler was excellent off the bench against Australia and merits his opportunity, as does David Wilson, who has been pushing hard for selection," Lancaster added.

"Dylan gets a deserved chance at hooker with Tom Youngs on the bench after the safe arrival of his first child this morning. Rob Webber remains on standby."

England: Mike Brown; Chris Ashton, Joel Tomkins, Billy Twelvetrees, Ben Foden, Owen Farrell, Lee Dickson; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, David Wilson, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw, Billy Vunipola. Replacements: Tom Youngs, Alex Corbisiero, Dan Cole, Geoff Parling, Ben Morgan, Ben Youngs, Toby Flood, Alex Goode.

Watch England take on Argentina live on Sky Sports 2 and Sky 3D, coverage starts at 1.30pm on Saturday

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