England team named to play Crusaders

logoUncapped lock Ed Slater will captain the England side to take on the Crusaders on Tuesday, in a team that includes 11 players with test-level experience.

There is no place for Kyle Eastmond, intriguingly, which could indicate he is set to be part of the squad for the third test this weekend.

Anthony Watson gets a start on the wing, while Brad Barritt and Henry Trinder play in the centres outside Danny Cipriani at fly-half. Matt Kvesic gets a go in the no.7 shirt, while Dave Attwood joins Slater in the engine room, with Henry Thomas, Joe Gray and Alex Waller forming a young front row.

England team to play Crusaders:

15 Alex Goode, 14 Ben Foden, 13 Henry Trinder, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Anthony Watson, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Tom Johnson, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 James Haskell, 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Ed Slater (c), 3 Henry Thomas, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Alex Waller.

Replacements: 16 David Ward, 17 Nathan Catt, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Michael Paterson, 20 Richard Wigglesworth, 21 Stephen Myler, 22 Jonny May, 23 Chris Pennell.

Date: Tuesday, June 17
Kick-off: 19:00 local (08:00 BST, 07:00 GMT)
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch

21 thoughts on “England team named to play Crusaders

  1. It is what it is – Bomber said that every player on the tour would get a go, I believe.

    Most exciting thing for me is, as you say, no Eastmond – I’d like to see him back with Manu in the centres, but I also think he’d make an excellent 23 as he can cover 12, wing, fullback (where he debuted for England) and even 10 at a push.

    That centre partnership is going to be more bosh than flair, but on the whole I’m sure we can give them a game – provided this new-look England gels quickly.

    1. Thing is, he’s excellent at club level, just rubbish in tests. So I don’t know if this fixture will mean he’s poor as he’s playing for England, or great because he’s playing against a domestic side.

      1. We all know what Goode offers at this level (not a huge amount), surely this would have been a good chance to see if Pennell can continue his club form?

        1. Everyone’s so harsh on Goode. He is, to employ a cliche, a “quality footballer”: he has great vision and footwork and a good passing and kicking game, and although he’s not the paciest he always beats the first man. He’s not had a chance for England since he returned from a lengthy injury layoff, which seemed to do him good as he worked on his pace. I not calling for him to start but I’m happy with him as second or third choice, especially since he can do a job at 10.

        2. Also, maybe – MAYBE – Pennel on the bench instead of starting means he has a shot at the bench on Saturday? It’s a long shot I admit

  2. I think with Foden playing alongside Goode on the wing, we could see Goode move up into the line more and play as a second 10? This could actually be a very clever ploy. We know Goode is excellent positionally, and Foden much the same, but Goode in the line at first or second receiver with Cips dropping back with Foden could see some very exciting play………..if I’m right in my suspicions??!!

    Also not sure Trinder is much of a bosh merchant, and I think he could work quite well with Barritt. It’s a partnership we haven’t seen yet, but one SL was keen to try before Trinder got injured.

    Just noticed the second row!!!! That is a seriously large pairing!! I know neither Thomas or Waller are the largest props, but blimey!!

  3. Gives a good indication of the test squad for the weekend.

    We now know (pretty much), that the pack options for the 23 will not change, there just may be some shuffling between the bench and who is starting. Haskell and Attwood were probably the two in with a shout.

    Also Eastmond is the interesting one. Is this because Burrell and Twelvetrees have knocks? Or because SL is going to bring him back in? Maybe into the 23 shirt or even to start?

    1. Jacob, not sure if you are commenting from knowledge or speculation, but if it is the latter, it is true that both Twelvetrees and Burrell do have knocks from saturday. Danny Care also.

      1. Could have made it clearer – but yes I know they both, as well as Farrell/Care, do have knocks.

        My point was more, we do no know whether SL is going to include him anyway (whether those two pass fitness tests or not), or whether this is simply SL being very safe as he is unsure if they’ll be passed fit or not.

  4. Not giving the Crusaders enough respect with this selection. If we aren’t careful we’ll be in for a drubbing.

    1. We don’t have much choice – we’re not going to field test players 3 days after a test and 4 before the next one.

  5. Give the Kiwi Michael Paterson a go I say! However, not so sure abt that Saffa Barritt!?

    Seriously tho, be gd to see Cip get a go at last. Have I said this b4? Also curious abt Chris Pennell. Seen v little of him, or for that matter, Anthony Watson @ wing either and of course, Dave Attwood. Also interesting to see how Ed Slater goes. Leicester seem to rate him highly.

    Actually trust the whole bench gets a run on. It’s a long way to come to just watch a game.

    Unfortunately Canter will be without their ABs, but looking fwd to an early ko on Tue. Both sides will want to come out on top so they’ll likely give it a real lash.

    This may turn out to be a gd game, but hard to pick a winner for me.

  6. Give the Kiwi Paterson a go! However, not sure abt Barritt that Saffa however!?

    Seriously tho, be gd to see Cip get a full run out. Have I said this prev? Also like to Chris Pennell. Not Seen much of him, or Anthony Watson @ wing either. At last too, Dave Attwood. And interesting to see Ed Slater. Leicester rate him.

    Trust the bench gets a run. Long way to come to sit a game out.

    Canter won’t have their ABs, but looking fwd to an early clash on Tue. Both sides will want to win so they’ll see a gd lash.

    Hopefully this will be a gd game. Hard to pick a winner tho.

    1. I fancy Crusaders for this one – we have a lot of untested combinations and some uncapped players, against a side that – albeit shorn of some New Zealand players – plays together regularly (and has had a bit of a break)

      If Leicester Tigers can beat South Africa, I’m sure Crusaders can beat this particular England outfit.

  7. I actually quite like this team, very big but mobile pack and a lot of pace In the backs, interesting to see how trinder goes. Looking forward to seeing how Cipriani manages the game and whether England can get the wingers into space.

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