Farrell to earn 100th England cap vs NZ | Tuilagi and Vunipola also start


England’s captain will be joined in the midfield by Manu Tuilagi, who returns to the starting XV; Billy Vunipola to start at No 8, Sam Simmonds moves to blindside flanker and Maro Itoje slots back into the second row; Jack van Poortvliet and Marcus Smith form England’s half-back pairing

Last Updated: 17/11/22 11:33am

Owen Farrell will reach a century of England caps on Saturday Owen Farrell will reach a century of England caps on Saturday

Owen Farrell will reach a century of England caps on Saturday

Owen Farrell will earn his 100th cap for England on Saturday when he leads the team against New Zealand.

Farrell will be joined in England’s midfield by a returning Manu Tuilagi, who started on the bench against Japan in order for his game time to be managed.

Marcus Smith remains at fly-half with Jack van Poortvliet alongside him at scrum-half. Ben Youngs is named on the bench.

Vice-captain Jack Nowell has recovered from the abdominal injury that saw him miss last weekend’s meeting with Japan. Jonny May and Freddie Steward will join Nowell in England’s back three.

Fellow vice-captain Ellis Genge remains in England’s front row with Kyle Sinckler and Luke Cowan-Dickie set to form a familiar front-row unit.

Behind them, head coach Eddie Jones moves Maro Itoje back into the second row to join Jonny Hill. Billy Vunipola is handed the No 8 jersey meaning Sam Simmonds shifts to blindside flanker and Tom Curry remains at openside.

England: 15. Freddie Steward, 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Manu Tuilagi, 12. Owen Farrell (captain), 11. Jonny May, 10. Marcus Smith, 9. Jack van Poortvliet, 1. Ellis Genge, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Sam Simmonds, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: 16. Jamie George, 17. Mako Vunipoa, 18. Will Stuart, 19. David Ribbans, 20. Jack Willis, 21. Ben Youngs, 22. Guy Porter, 23. Henry Slade.

England’s Autumn Internationals

Sunday, November 6 England 29-30 Argentina 2.15pm
Saturday, November 12 England 52-13 Japan 3.15pm
Saturday, November 19 England vs New Zealand 5.30pm
Saturday, November 26 England vs South Africa 5.30pm

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