England v New Zealand
Rokoduguni handed England debut
ESPN Staff
November 6, 2014
Semesa Rokoduguni has been handed his debut © Getty Images

Semesa Rokoduguni will make his England debut against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.

The Bath winger has enjoyed an impressive start to the season and Stuart Lancaster has opted to throw him straight into the action. He becomes the first serving soldier to play for the national side since Tim Rodber. He is joined in England's back three by Gloucester's Jonny May and Harlequins' Mike Brown.

In the centres Lancaster has gone with Brad Barritt at No.13 with Kyle Eastmond inside him while Owen Farrell and Danny Care are named as the half-backs.

In the pack, Dave Attwood partners Courtney Lawes in the second-row while Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley and Dave Wilson line up in the front-row. Chris Robshaw skippers the side from openside with Billy Vunipola and Tom Wood joining him.

Anthony Watson and George Kruis could make their debuts from the bench if given the opportunity while George Ford, Ben Youngs, Ben Morgan, Kieran Brookes, Matt Mullan and Rob Webber are also named.

"I am delighted for Roko," Lancaster said. "Wing 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 opportunity. The same is true with Anthony Watson and George Kruis. I am sure they will contribute should they come off the bench.

"Dave Attwood has had an eventful week with the birth of his first child and congratulations to him and his fiancée Bridget. He's back with us now and will be ready to go for Saturday."

For England, this is their first match of four in November and Lancaster's side will be looking to end a losing run against the All Blacks having fallen to defeat against them in their last four Tests. "The atmosphere is superb and the fans really give us a boost," Lancaster said. "We can't wait for the walk from the coach to the changing room for what will be another great occasion."


Mike Brown, Semesa Rokoduguni, Brad Barritt, Kyle Eastmond, Jonny May, Owen Farrell, Danny Care; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, Dave Wilson, Dave Attwood, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw (captain), Billy Vunipola

Replacements: Rob Webber, Matt Mullan, Kieran Brookes, George Kruis, Ben Morgan, Ben Youngs, George Ford, Anthony Watson

Play ESPNscrum International Fantasy Rugby 2014
Win a TV, PS4s and iPads. Play for FREE >>

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.