England stick with winning formula
March 7, 2014
Johnson hoping to make an impact
England have made just one change ahead of Sunday's match against Wales with Ben Morgan replacing Billy Vunipola at No.8.
Vunipola will miss the rest of the Six Nations with an ankle injury and Morgan impressed from the bench against Ireland in round three. With Morgan promoted from the replacements, Tom Johnson is added to the bench.
"Ben has made an impact off the bench in the previous games," Stuart Lancaster said. "He has been pushing hard for the No 8 shirt and now gets his opportunity so we are looking forward to seeing him from the start. Tom has been outstanding for Exeter Chiefs and gives us options off the bench as he has played in all three back-row positions for his club."
Uncapped fly-half George Ford keeps his spot among the replacements and will hope to make his debut if given the nod on Sunday. Manu Tuilagi and Marland Yarde both trained with the squad this week but will have to wait for their chance.
England and Wales head into the match two from three and Lancaster hopes home advantage will see his side home.
"We can't wait to play at home again. The players have said that the atmosphere at Twickenham for the Ireland game was the best they had experienced and I am 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."
Mike Brown, Jack Nowell, Luther Burrell, Billy Twelvetrees, Jonny May, Owen Farrell, Danny Care; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, David Wilson, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw (captain), Ben Morgan
Replacements: Tom Youngs, Mako Vunipola, Henry Thomas, Dave Attwood, Tom Johnson, Lee Dickson, George Ford, Alex Goode
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