The headline news is that Topsy Ojo will make his well-earned debut this weekend against the All Blacks in Auckland – what a way to start your international career.
Olly Barkley and Mike Tindall form an interesting centre partnership that should be able to live with the sheer enormity of Ma’a Nonu and provide Charlie Hodgson with another kicking option.
Tom Palmer gets the nod at second row, which is a slight area of concern for me, and James Haskell, Tom Rees and Luke Narraway form a pacy back row.
What are your thoughts on the selection?
M Brown (Harlequins); T Ojo (London Irish), M Tindall (Gloucester), O Barkley (Bath), D Strettle (Harlequins); C Hodgson (Sale), R Wigglesworth (Sale); A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), L Mears (Bath), M Stevens (Bath), T Palmer (Wasps), S Borthwick (Bath, captain), J Haskell (Wasps), T Rees (Wasps), L Narraway (Gloucester).
Replacements: D Paice (London Irish), T Payne (Wasps), B Kay (Leicester), J Worsley (Wasps), D Care (Harlequins), J Noon (Newcastle), M Tait (Newcastle).