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Slater leads mid-week England against Crusaders



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Leicester Tigers lock Ed Slater has been named to captain the England mid week team against the Crusaders at AMI Stadium.

Lock Slater led Leicester in the second half of the season will captain an England side that has 12 capped internationals.

Slater is one of four senior England debutants along with Northampton Saints prop Alex Waller, Gloucester Rugby centre Henry Trinder and Bath Rugby wing Anthony Watson. Christchurch-born Michael Paterson, a former Crusader, is named on the replacements’ bench.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said,”This is a really important match for us in terms of the development of our squad. We wanted this game to test ourselves against a top Super Rugby side and with a large squad out here we are hoping to create opportunities for everyone to lay down a marker on this tour. “

“We can see by how they have trained that they can’t wait to pull on an England shirt tomorrow. “

“Ed is a natural leader who has captained Leicester well and I am sure he will do the same with this England side.

“We are treating this like an additional Test and I know the Crusaders will be highly motivated to put in a good performance on the back of their Super XV form.”


15 Alex Goode , 14 Ben Foden , 13 Henry Trinder , 12 Brad Barritt , 11 Anthony Watson , 10 Danny Cipriani , 9 Lee Dickson , 1 Alex Waller , 2 Joe Gray , 3 Henry Thomas , 4 Ed Slater , 5 Dave Attwood , 6 James Haskell , 7 Matt Kvesic , 8 Tom Johnson ,

Replacements: 16 David Ward , 17 Nathan Catt , 18 Kyle Sinckler , 19 Michael Paterson , 20 Richard Wigglesworth , 21 Stephen Myler , 22 Jonny May , 23 Chris Pennell

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