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Wednesday Aug 12, 2015

Sam Burgess set to start against France in England World Cup Warmup

Sam Burgess set to start against France in England World Cup Warmup

Tom Wood will captain England in a team that includes former rugby league star, Sam Burgess, when they take on France at Twickenham on Saturday night. Henry Slade and Calum Clark will also make their debuts. Above is a video report with thoughts from coach Stuart Lancaster.

Off the bench, Luke Cowan-Dickie will also hope to come on for his first cap.


Backs: 15 Alex Goode (Saracens, 17 caps) 14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 9 caps) 13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped) 12 Sam Burgess (Bath Rugby, uncapped) 11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 13 caps) 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 29 caps) 9 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 21 caps) Forwards: 1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 20 caps) 2 Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 12 caps) 3 Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints, 10 caps) 4 George Kruis (Saracens, 7 caps) 5 Geoff Parling (Exeter Chiefs, 23 caps) 6 Tom Wood (capt, Northampton Saints, 36 caps) 7 Calum Clark (Northampton Saints, uncapped) 8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 27 caps)

Replacements 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped) 17 Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints, 19 caps) 18 David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 41 caps) 19 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 20 caps) 20 James Haskell (Wasps, 58 caps) 21 Danny Care (Harlequins, 50 caps) 22 Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks, 12 caps) 23 Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 20 caps)

Video credit: rugbymedia


  • 3:23 PM 13/08/2015

    Foden on the wing for a warm up match would have been good!

  • jimmy23
    3:25 PM 12/08/2015

    I still think it's a bit of joke that Burgess in in the squad, he's done fine in his first season but he's no where near international standard. I think given time he will get there but I'm worried we're going to get a Matthew Tait like situation with him. But, looking forward to see how the rest of the squad go. I hope Slade has a good one. You've always had such affection for May :P But seriously it's a bit baffling that May, who hasn't really proven himself bar one good try vs the ABs, still gets chances. And Rokoduguni, who's been one of the standout wingers in the Premiership, gets an injury in his first game then cast to the side. We need a winger that can bring a bit of the bash and none of the ones left provide that.

  • 9:26 AM 12/08/2015

    Great to see Lancaster give some guys a chance to prove they're good enough for the world cup. Also good shout by putting slade and farrell in together to help Burgess in defence (as they both play ten and centre they'll help each other). Would like to see clark and cowan dickie have great games (clark good in the rucks and cowan dickie perfect throws would be nice!) Goode will be shit. And would love to see Fickou smash May. Swing low, sweet chariot!


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