Rugby

Heavyweight front row for Poms

2013-11-07 14:36
Joe Marler (Getty Images)

London - England coach Stuart Lancaster unveiled a new heavyweight front row to face renowned scrummagers Argentina when he announced his side to play the Pumas at Twickenham on Saturday.

Lancaster selected the trio of David Wilson, Dylan Hartley and Joe Marler, who all came off the bench during last week's 20-13 win over Australia at Twickenham last weekend.

British and Irish Lions star Alex Corbisiero, fit after a knee injury kept him out the Wallaby match, had been tipped to replace now injured prop Mako Vunipola but found himself among the replacements when Lancaster announced his side on Thursday.

Instead Marler, as he'd done during last week's match, replaced Vunipola.

"Joe Marler was excellent off the bench against Australia and merits his opportunity, as does David Wilson, who has been pushing hard for selection," Lancaster said Thursday.

"Dylan gets a deserved chance at hooker with Tom Youngs on the bench after the safe arrival of his first child this (Thursday) morning. Rob Webber remains on standby."

In the backs Ben Foden replaced Marland Yarde after the wing failed a fitness test on a hip injury on Thursday.

Kick-off is at 16:30.

Teams:

England

15 Mike Brown, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Ben Foden, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Billy Vunipola, 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 Alex Corbisiero, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Alex Goode

Argentina

15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon (captain), 7 Julio Farias Cabello, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Mariano Galarza, 3 Maximiliano Bustos, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Marcos Ayerza

Substitutes: 16 Santiago Iglesias, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Manuel Carizza, 20 Benjamín Macome, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Gonzalo Tiesi, 23 Santiago Cordero

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