England Saxons team to face Tonga

Stuart Lancaster has named his Saxons side to take on Tonga this weekend at Kingsholm.

Alex Goode, Charlie Sharples, Paul Hodgson and David Paice come into the side looking to book their place in next week’s final against Canada.

Lancaster said, “We’ve rotated our squad for this game to give other players opportunities to demonstrate their abilities as we see the tournament very much about development as well as being a competition in its own right.”

England Saxons
15 Alex Goode (Saracens)
14 Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
13 Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)
12 Billy Twelvetrees (Leicester Tigers)
11 Topsy Ojo (London Irish)
10 Rory Clegg (Harlequins)
9 Paul Hodgson (London Irish)

1 Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors)
2 David Paice (London Irish)
3 Matt Stevens (Saracens)
4 Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
5 Dave Attwood (Gloucester Rugby)
6 James Gaskell (Sale Sharks)
7 Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
8 Jordan Crane (Leicester Tigers, captain)

Replacements
16 Joe Gray (Harlequins)
17 Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons)
18 Graham Kitchener (Worcester Warriors)
19 Jamie Gibson (London Irish)
20 Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons)
21 Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
22 Mike Brown (Harlequins)