London - Gloucester No 8 Ben Morgan was the one injury-enforced change to
England's starting line-up announced by coach Stuart Lancaster on Friday
for their Six Nations international against Wales at Twickenham this
Morgan replaces Billy Vunipola, the man he came on for
during England's 13-10 win over Ireland at Twickenham last time out,
after his fellow back-row forward was ruled out of the final two rounds
of the Six Nations with an ankle injury.
Tom Johnson of Exeter has taken Morgan's place on the bench for Sunday's clash.
has made an impact off the bench in the previous games," Lancaster
said. "He has been pushing hard for the number eight shirt and now gets
his opportunity, so we are looking forward to seeing him from the start.
has been outstanding for Exeter and gives us options off the bench as
he has played in all three back-row positions for his club."
centre Manu Tuilagi recently returned to club action following six
months out with a chest injury but his lack of recent game time meant he
was always a long shot to be included for England duty against Wales.
yet to record a win as England boss over two-time defending Six Nations
champions Wales, has named a starting XV featuring six survivors from
the side that saw dreams of a Grand Slam obliterated in the final round
of last season's Championship by a 30-3 defeat in Cardiff.
are now bidding for an unprecedented third successive outright Six
Nations title and Sunday's fixture has been given added spice by the
fact it will be the final time they come to Twickenham before playing
England at 'headquarters' in the pool phase of the 2015 World Cup.
"We can't wait to play at home again," Lancaster said.
players have said that the atmosphere at Twickenham for the Ireland
game was the best they had experienced and I'm sure it will be the same
again on Sunday.
"It definitely gives us an extra lift and that's
what we want against another experienced, high-quality side, who are
looking to defend their title."
England and Wales are two of the
four teams, together with Ireland and France, who are currently locked
in a four-way tie at the top of the Six Nations standings.
However, Ireland have a massive points difference advantage, of +42 compared to England's +21, Wales' +6 and France's +1.
defeat for either England or Wales this weekend would effectively end
their title ambitions heading into next week's final round of the
England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Danny Care, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 David Wilson, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Substitutes: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Tom Johnson, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 George Ford, 23 Alex Goode
Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie
Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam
Warburton (captain), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Adam
Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Gethin Jenkins
Substitutes: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Paul James, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Mike Phillips, 22 Dan Biggar, 23 Liam Williams