EXETER Chiefs players Jack Nowell and Ben Moon have been brought into England’s starting line-up for their big Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday (4.45pm).
Nowell returns in place of the injured Chris Ashton, while Moon get his chance after Mako Vunipola was ruled out.
They are the only two changes England head coach Eddie Jones makes to his team that hammered France in their last game.
Bath’s Joe Cokanasiga and Wasps’ Brad Shields are included in the match day 23 for the first time this tournament, while Leicester Tigers’ Bristol-born prop Ellis Genge and Exeter Chiefs’ Harry Williams are also named on the bench..
“England and Wales is always a big game,” said Jones. “Intense rivals and there is the historical context to it, but for us it is our most important game because it is our next game and that is how we are treating it.
“As you have read in the media, it’s all about Wales, we are playing potentially the greatest team ever. Their players are full of emotion and it’s the biggest game they are going to play in their lives. We have had a good week just focussing on ourselves and focussing on getting our preparation right.”
England starting XV (509 caps): 15 Elliot Daly (Wasps, 27 caps), 14 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 31 caps), 13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 19 caps), 12 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 29 caps), 11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 42 caps), 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 67 caps) (captain), 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 82 caps), 1 Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs, 5 caps), 2 Jamie George (Saracens, 34 caps), 3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 19 caps), 4 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 70 caps), 5 George Kruis (Saracens, 29 caps), 6 Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 10 caps), 7 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 7 caps), 8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 38 caps).
Replacements (147 caps): 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 9 caps), 17 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 6 caps) , 18 Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 16 caps), 19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 55 caps), 20 Brad Shields (Wasps, 5 caps), 21 Dan Robson (Wasps, 1 cap), 22 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 53 caps), 23 Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 2 caps).