London - England have named the uncapped Semesa Rokoduguni on the right wing
for their November series opener against world champions New Zealand at
Twickenham on Saturday.
Fiji-born Rokoduguni, a serving soldier in
the British Army with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, has been called
up after an impressive start to the season with Bath.
will look to the 27-year-old, who has seen active service in
Afghanistan, to provide both pace and power in a back division missing
the dynamism of injured centre Manu Tuilagi.
"I'm delighted for Roko," said England coach Stuart Lancaster after naming his side.
is an extremely competitive position, but he has pushed himself forward
with his form this season and it's great to be able to give him this
Rokoduguni is one of three uncapped players in the 23
with Bath team-mate Anthony Watson offering cover for the back three
from the bench and Saracens' George Kruis the second-row replacement.
Attwood, one of seven Bath players in the matchday 23, starts at lock
after his fiancee gave birth to their first child on Tuesday.
"I'm sure Anthony and George will contribute should they come off the bench," said Lancaster.
Attwood has had an eventful week with the birth of his first child.
He's back with us now and will be ready to go for Saturday."
have disrupted 2015 World Cup hosts England's plans as they look to end
a run of four straight defeats by the All Blacks, including a 3-0
series loss in New Zealand in June.
Tuilagi's absence has led
Lancaster to select a new midfield pairing of Kyle Eastmond, one of the
stars of the English Premiership season so far, and Brad Barritt.
had a mixed tour of New Zealand, impressing in the first Test but being
found wanting in the third where he was replaced at half-time after
struggling in defence.
By contrast Saracens midfielder Barritt, a
try-scorer when England last beat the All Blacks, 38-21 at Twickenham in
2012, is widely regarded as one of the best defensive centres in the
Danny Care and Owen Farrell form the half-back
pairing even though goalkicking fly-half Farrell has started just two
matches for Saracens this season because of a thigh injury.
pack, without several injured British and Irish Lions forwards, has
seen Billy Vunipola hold off a challenge from Ben Morgan to start at No
The back-row also includes England captain Chris Robshaw, the
Harlequins flanker, with Tom Wood completing the loose forward trio.
was the next lock in line to partner Courtney Lawes after Geoff Parling
(concussion) and more recently Joe Launchbury (neck) were both ruled
out of the entire November series.
After the All Blacks match,
England's November programme sees them face South Africa, Samoa and
World Cup pool opponents Australia.
15 Mike Brown, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Brad Barritt, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Danny Care, 8-Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Dave Attwood, 3 David Wilson, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler
Substitutes: 16 Rob Webber, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 George Kruis, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 George Ford, 23 Anthony Watson
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett,
Substitutes: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Liam Messam, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Ryan Crotty