England today confirmed that Gloucester No.8 Luke Narraway (with cup) will lead the side against the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday but have delayed naming their team because of injury concerns.
Northampton Saints scrum half Lee Dickson was last night ruled out of Sunday’s game and next month’s Churchill Cup to have surgery on shoulder injury.
Head coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We’ve also got a couple of other injuries to assess and we’ll have a look at some potential replacements in training today against the England Under 20 side. Another 24 hours will give us time to finalise the squad before we move to Pennyhill Park and train at Twickenham on Friday.
“Our preparations have gone well overall and we’re pleased to announce that Luke Narraway will captain the side which is a great reflection of the form and leadership qualities he’s demonstrated at Gloucester this season.”
England have a number of experienced backs at their disposal for the non-cap game – including Charlie Hodgson (Sale Sharks), Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby), Ugo Monye (Harlequins) and James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester Rugby).
In a group of young forwards the likes of prop Joe Marler (Harlequins), lock Graham Kitchener (Worcester Warriors) and flanker Carl Fearns (Sale Sharks) are set to make their first senior appearances at Twickenham.
Exeter Chiefs flanker Tom Johnson, one of the discoveries of the season in the Aviva Premiership, will get to pull on an England shirt at 15-a-side level for the first time this weekend.
Two-for-one tickets for the England v Barbarians clash on May 29 are available for £25, with under 16s tickets only £10. Get yours from RFU.com/tickets or by calling 0844 8472 492.
England Squad v Barbarians
Dave Attwood (Gloucester Rugby)
Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons)
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)
Paul Doran-Jones (Gloucester Rugby)
Carl Fearns (Sale Sharks)
James Gaskell (Sale Sharks)
Joe Gray (Harlequins)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Graham Kitchener (Worcester Warriors)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Matthew Mullan (Worcester Warriors)
Luke Narraway (Gloucester Rugby)
David Paice (London Irish)
Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Rory Clegg (Harlequins)
Paul Hodgson (London Irish)
Charlie Hodgson (Sale Sharks)
Ugo Monye (Harlequins)
Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)
James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester Rugby)
Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)