Teams 2011 RWC warm-up match: England v Wales

Teams 2011 RWC warm-up match: England v Wales at: Twickenham on Saturday, 6 August with Kick-off: 1430 BST and Live on SkySports1.

Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi will make his England debut against Wales on Saturday and Prop Matt Stevens returns for the first time since being banned after testing positive for cocaine in 2009. Jonny Wilkinson will start at fly-half, with flanker Lewis Moody named captain.

England manager Martin Johnson who is working with a group of 40 players and must slim this to his 30-man World Cup squad on 22 August. Said: (quote) All these guys have got an opportunity. We wouldn’t have put people out there if they didn’t have a chance of being in the final 30. We’ve got a pretty deep squad, we could put out another 15 equally as strong. (end quote)”

Danny Care starts at scrum-half in the absence of the injured Ben Youngs, while the uncapped duo of 21-year-old Gloucester winger Charlie Sharples and Saracens lock Mouritz Botha are on the bench.

Wales have named Scarlets fly-half Rhys Priestland at full-back on Saturday and at hooker Huw Bennett takes over from injured Matthew Rees. Injuries also rule out Adam Jones, James Hook, Lee Byrne and Leigh Halfpenny. Stephen Jones wins a record 101st cap while Danny Lydiate, Toby Faletau and Sam Warburton start in the back-row.

There are six changes from the side that lost 28-31 to the Barbarians in June with Jamie Roberts back at inside centre for Henson, Shane Williams taking over from Aled Brew on the wing, Mitchell in for Ryan Bevington and Paul James moving from tight to loose-head.

Wales coach Warren Gatland said: (quote) We have made changes, but we have some pretty established combinations coming back with Jamie Roberts returning to the midfield and Alun Wyn and Bradley in the second row. These are the men in possession of the jersey at the moment and it is now up to them to hold on to it and they will only do that with a performance at Twickenham at the weekend. The stakes are high for individuals, but as a team it is also important for us to create some momentum as we head for the World Cup in New Zealand. (end quote)


England: D Armitage (London Irish); M Banahan (Bath Rugby), M Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), R Flutey (London Wasps), M Cueto (Sale Sharks); J Wilkinson (Toulon), D Care (Harlequins); A Corbisiero (London Irish), D Hartley (Northampton Saints), M Stevens (Saracens), S Shaw (Unattached), T Palmer (Stade Francais), T Croft (Leicester Tigers), L Moody (Bath Rugby, capt), J Haskell (Ricoh Black Rams).
Replacements: L Mears (Bath Rugby), D Wilson (Bath Rugby), M Botha (Saracens), T Wood (Northampton Saints), R Wigglesworth (Saracens), C Hodgson (Saracens), C Sharples (Gloucester Rugby).

Wales: Rhys Priestland (Scarlets); George North (Scarlets), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues), Shane Williams; Stephen Jones (Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Bayonne); Paul James (Ospreys), Huw Bennett (Ospreys), Craig Mitchell (Exeter), Bradley Davies (Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Danny Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons), Toby Faletau (Dragons), Sam Warburton (Blues, capt).
Replacements: Lloyd Burns (Dragons), Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Dragons), Ryan Jones (Ospreys), Tavis Knoyle (Scarlets), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Morgan Stoddart (Scarlets).