ENGLAND HAVE announced their team to face the Pumas at Twickenham this weekend.
Ben Foden comes in on the wing for Marland Yarde after the London Irish flyer failed a late fitness test and Christian Wade was a late faller in the race for a starting jersey when he pulled up with a hamstring complaint. Chris Ashton therefor keeps his place in the team.
In the pack there are major shifts, with the entire front-row being swapped for Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley and David Wilson. Tom Youngs, Alex Corbisiero and Dan Cole sit on the bench while Mako Vunipola misses out completely. The rest of the pack is the same as that which narrowly saw off Australia last Saturday, while Geoff Parling is back from his concussion to be a replacement.
Speaking of his selection, Stuart Lancaster said: “Joe Marler was excellent off the bench against Australia and merits his opportunity, as does David Wilson, who has been pushing hard for selection. 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.
“Christian Wade 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 for Saturday. Marland Yarde failed a fitness test on a hip injury sustained last weekend this morning 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.”
England XV versus Argentina: 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 (c), Billy Vunipola
Subs: Tom Youngs, Alex Corbisiero, Dan Cole, Geoff Parling, Ben Morgan, Ben Youngs, Toby Flood, Alex GoodeLike Rugby World? Subscribe to the magazine for the latest comprehensive content.