England Saxons change eight to face Scotland A

UPDATE: Dom Waldouck has since replaced Joseph at outside centre, after the London Irish back was ruled out with a groin injury.

Stuart Lancaster had made eight changes to the side after last week’s victory, including bringing in Nick Abendanon and Jonny May into the backs. Ryan Lamb gets a start at fly-half, as does Ed Slater in the second row and Exeter’s Tom Johnson at number eight.

England Saxons:
15 Nick Abendanon (Bath Rugby), 14 Ugo Monye (Harlequins), 13 Dom Waldouck (London Wasps), 12 Billy Twelvetrees (Leicester Tigers), 11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), 10 Ryan Lamb (Northampton Saints), 9 Ben Spencer (Saracens), 1 Nick Wood (Gloucester Rugby), 2 Chris Brooker (Harlequins), 3 Paul Doran-Jones (Northampton Saints), 4 Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers), 5 George Robson (Harlequins), 6 James Gaskell (Sale Sharks, captain), 7 Andy Saull (Saracens), 8 Tom Johnson (Exeter)

16 Joe Gray (Harlequins), 17 Rupert Harden (Gloucester Rugby), 18 Kearnan Myall (Sale Sharks), 19 David Seymour (Sale Sharks), 20 Paul Hodgson (London Irish), 21 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby), 22 Miles Benjamin (Worcester Warriors)

Scotland A:
15 Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), 14 Tom Brown (Edinburgh Rugby, 13 Alex Grove (Worcester Warriors, 12 Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby), 11 Simon Danielli (Ulster), 10 Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors), 9 Rory Lawson (Gloucester, CAPTAIN), 1 Jon Welsh (Glasgow Warriors), 2 Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors), 3 Ed Kalman (Glasgow Warriors), 4 Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), 5 Tom Ryder (Glasgow Warriors), 6 Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby), 7 Chris Fusaro (Glasgow Warriors), 8 Richie Vernon (Sale Sharks)

16 Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors), 17 Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors), 18 Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors), 19 Roddy Grant (Edinburgh Rugby), 20 Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors), 21 Phil Godman (Edinburgh Rugby), 22 Peter Murchie (Glasgow Warriors)

10 thoughts on “England Saxons change eight to face Scotland A

  1. Looks a strong Saxons squad. Jonny May has proven recently that he deserves the chance to step up.

    Shame about Hopper not being in the squad though.

  2. Yup, I like Hopper. But good to get a look at Joseph

    Will be interested to see how Lamb goes. And Tom Johnson at 8 intrigues me.

  3. Interesting to see Lamb starting instead of Burns. And how come the players released from the EPS squad (who were in the Saxons originally i.e. Goode, Waldrom etc) have not joined back up with the Saxons? They get promoted, but then when not selected spend the weekend twiddling their thumbs, or playing in the LV Cup? It would make sense that if they were not staying with the EPS, they should be released back to the Saxons squad. I’m taking nothing away from the likes of Abendanon or Johnson, but if Waldrom or Goode had not been training with the EPS, then Abendanon or Johnson would probably not be playing for the Saxons. Just seems a little unfair.

  4. Also great to see Seymour in the squad. He deserves a chance after recent performances for Sale. It would seem that with both Saull and Seymour involved, they are looking to develop one or both into a top class 7 for the EPS.

  5. NOT ONE BUT TWO OUT AND OUT OPEN SIDES IN AN ENGLAND SQUAD! I literally cannot believe it. Will be interesting to see how Saull and Seymour vary in their play. Joseph outside Twelvetrees with Jonny May used as a strike runner? This looks a strong selection, as long as when the ball comes past ten the pass is in front of Twelvetrees or Joseph and not behind like the passes Burns was delivering against the wolfhounds.

    1. So that’s why Lamb is starting. I didn’t get to see the game, and can’t find any highlights of the game anywhere.

    1. Disgraceful that Saxons game does not appear to be televised, are Scots not interested in Rugby. BBC 2 Wales is televising Wales v Ireland U 20 game on Friday night.

  6. It is disgraceful that the Saxons game is not televised, are the Scots so disinterested in Rugby. BBC 2 Wales is showing the Welsh V Ireland U20 game live on Friday night, why have BBC 2 Scotland not followed their lead.

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