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Tuilagi one of eight England changes for All Blacks

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster has named British and Irish Lions Manusamoa Tuilagi and Geoff Parling in the starting team to play New Zealand’s All Blacks.

Lancaster has also named London Wasps and former Highlanders flanker James Haskell in the starting line up after a 12-month absence.

Seven players that started against Italy in the Six Nations are included in the XV – captain Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown, Danny Care, Joe Launchbury, Jonny May, Ben Morgan and David Wilson.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said,”We’ve had a good week’s training in Auckland and have prepared well and are ready for the massive challenge ahead. It doesn’t get much bigger than playing New Zealand at Eden Park where they haven’t lost in 20 years but those selected know what they have to do.

“Billy Twelvetrees is recovering well from his ankle injury and should be available for the 2nd Test and it’s now a good opportunity for Kyle Eastmond to build on what he achieved in Argentina last summer.

“It’s great to welcome back Geoff Parling and James Haskell who have a lot of experience and equally it’s a fantastic opportunity for Joe Gray and Chris Pennell, who have really impressed in training, should they come off the bench for their first caps.

“We’ve had lots of messages of support and I am sure the players will be giving their all at the start of this three Test series.”

England

15 Mike Brown , 14 Marland Yarde , 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi , 12 Kyle Eastmond , 11 Jonny May , 10 Freddie Burns , 9 Danny Care , 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw , 6 James Haskell , 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Joe Launchbury , 3 David Wilson , 2 Rob Webber , 1 Joe Marler

Replacements : 16 Joe Gray , 17 Matt Mullan , 18 Henry Thomas , 19 Dave Attwood , 20 Tom Johnson , 21 Ben Youngs , 22 Danny Cipriani , 23 Chris Pennel

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