England team to play CONSUR XV


Seven players will make their first senior starts for England against the Sudamerica XV in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Sunday (19:30 BST).

Centre Luther Burrell and fly half Stephen Myler come into the side eight days after playing for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership final.

Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Kearnan Myall (unattached), Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks) and Billy Vunipola (London Wasps) all came off the bench in England’s 40-12 win against the Barbarians and Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby) has been brought onto the wing. Replacement hooker Rob Buchanan (Harlequins) will make his first appearance at this level should he be used from the bench.

Flanker Tom Wood captains the side with two more of his Saints teammates – Ben Foden and Courtney Lawes – in the team and another pair – Paul Doran Jones and Lee Dickson – also in the matchday 23 for the non-cap game.

England face a Sudamerica XV made up of players from Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil, representing the CONSUR federation, at the Estadio Charrua before Tests against the Pumas in Salta (June 8) and Buenos Aires (June 15).

Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We have made a lot of changes from the Barbarians games as this tour is about giving players opportunities to show their talent. However the objective is to build on that performance and keep our game moving forward. The players understand this responsibility and are looking forward to the challenge.”

“Everyone involved will need to hit the ground running in Uruguay because we expect the Sudamerica side to play with a lot of skill and physicality in front of a passionate home crowd. It is England’s first ever match on Uruguayan soil and should be a great occasion for all concerned.”

15 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
14 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
13 Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
12 Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
11 David Strettle (Saracens)
10 Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)
9 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins)
2 David Paice (London Irish)
3 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
4 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
5 Kearnan Myall (Unattached)
6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, captain)
7 Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
8 Billy Vunipola (London Wasps)

16 Rob Buchanan (Harlequins)
17 Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
18 Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints)
19 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby)
20 Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)
21 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
22 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
23 Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)

What do you make of this rather experimental team?

11 thoughts on “England team to play CONSUR XV

  1. Strettle and Wigglesworth aren’t very forward-thinking choices, but I assume Bomber wanted some experience in what is an otherwise pretty inexperienced squad.

  2. Strettle was always getting the nod, they won’t have brought him just to hold tackle pads. All of the other wingers are better options for the tests, and May and JJ are better options for the #23 shirt, so they were bound to give him a run here.

  3. What we have learnt here are most of the players that will not be starting the first test. Other than the Saints players who he may just want to give a run out as they were not involved in the Baa Baas game.

    Interesting that this suggests Wade and Yarde are his preferred choices on the wing come test match time. Also by not starting Kvesic it is very likely he will now get his chance over the test matches. I also thinks this means we are more likely to see Dickson in the 9 shirt for the test matches.

  4. Mixed it up as expected. Would have preferred to put Dixon in to have a half back combo that know each other well, especially given the short amount of time to integrate the new players in this week.

    Hope the opposition put up a sufficient challenge for it to be a meaningful test for these guys.

  5. That is a very mobile back row, and an interesting looking backline. Eastmond and Burrell particularly looks like a curious partnership. Burrell normally plays at 12 for Saints, but Eastmond is very god with ball in hand and offloading. Both have the ability to draw defenders and create outside space. I would like to see Strettle run good lines coming into midfield to give May and Foden something to run onto as well. Strettle is often criticised as not being an out and out finisher, but his support work is very underrated, and he was on good form at the end of the season.
    Wood, Johnson (at 7?) and Vunipola is a big, but very mobile back row selection. I’ve never seen Johnson play 7, but I hope it’s a better call than Wood at 8?

    1. When Johnson first came through he was playing 7 so he shouldn’t have any trouble there. I can see him and Wood not worrying too much about the numbers on their backs as they are both 6.5s really (we have a lot of them don’t we).

      1. We certainly do. I guess when you’ve got two 6.5’s one of them should be able to do the job……….right? It seemed to work quite well with Wood and Robshaw. And Johnson is probably a bit more mobile than Robshaw. Would be interesting to see Kvesic playing alongside Wood as well.
        I aslo notice now that Morgan is not on the bench. I’m assuming that means we might see Wood play at 8 again?

        1. I think Wood, Kvesic, Morgan will be the back row for the tests.

          I hope we don’t see Wood at 8 again – a quality player, but that experiment really didn’t work.

        2. I can’t see why Wood would end up at 8? Vunipola will be playing 80 (baring injury), and Johnson for Kvesic would be the obvious planned substitution.

          1. Kvesic would be an option. Johnson has played a bit at 8 for Exeter too.

            Also, I don’t think that wood shifting to 8 for 20 minutes against a Consur XV is going to be too disastrous. Let’s be honest, this isn’t going to be like Wales in the 6Ns.

            Also, Wood shifted to 8 for the last 20 of the NZ game, and that wasn’t a problem. He can see out a game there, he just shouldn’t start there (especially if there is not another big ball carrier in the backrow).

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