Morgan at No.8 for England

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:00
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England made two changes to their squad for Sunday's Six Nations match against Wales at Twickenham Stadium.

England made two changes to their squad for Sunday's Six Nations match against Wales at Twickenham Stadium.

Ben Morgan replaces the injured Billy Vunipola at No.8,  to win his 19th cap - with Tom Johnson coming on to the replacements bench.

England coach Stuart Lancaster said Morgan has made an impact off the bench in the previous games.

"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," Lancaster said.

"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.

"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."

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Danny Care, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 David Wilson, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Tom Johnson, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 George Ford, 23 Alex.

Date: Sunday, March 9
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 15.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Steve Walsh (Australia), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

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