newsdog Facebook

Ashton starts as Eddie changes 3 for All Blacks Test

Sport24 2018-11-08 14:37:00

London - Chris Ashton and Sam Underhill are set to start for England against New Zealand after coach Eddie Jones made three changes to his side for Saturday's match against the All Blacks at Twickenham.

Ashton, who ended a four-year England exile when coming off the bench in last week's 12-11 win at home to South Africa, is on the right wing in place of Jack Nowell.

Underhill comes in at openside flank after an ankle injury ruled out Tom Curry.

Ashton scored a try when England last beat the All Blacks in 2012.


Jones made one other change when announcing his starting XV on Thursday, with Ben Moon named at loosehead prop for what will be England's first match against New Zealand in four years.

Jones said: “The expectation for Saturday is no different to any other Test match. We want to be at our best, better than we were in the previous Test match and we want to play with pride and passion which ignites the fan.

"It’s been a good week, the players have recovered well, trained well on Tuesday, exceptionally well on Wednesday and we look forward to the challenge of taking on New Zealand on Saturday.

“The crowd last week was wonderful, we had great support and enthusiasm for the game and they saw a great Test match and I’m sure on Saturday they will see another.”

Kick-off is at 17:00 SA time.

Teams:

England

15 Elliot Daly, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ben Te'o, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell (co-captain), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Brad Shields, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Dylan Hartley (co-captain), 1 Ben Moon

Substitutes: 16 Jamie George, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Courtney Lawes, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Jack Nowell

New Zealand

15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Karl Tu'inukuafe

Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Richie Mo'unga, 23 Ryan Crotty