Bath Rugby's Carl Fearns gets his England chance on tour
Bath back row forward Carl Fearns has been named to start as openside flanker for England against the Southern Barbarians in Kimberley tomorrow.
Bath full-back Nick Abendanon, who was recently called up to the squad in place of the injured Mike Brown, has been selected on the bench.
Gloucester’s Rupert Harden will be one of the forward replacements.
Harlequins’ George Robson will captain the side. The starting line-up is completely changed from the one for the first Test in Durban.
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England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: “Every one of the 22 is desperate to play. They have trained superbly and their attitude while waiting for their chance has been first class.
“There is a lot of competition for places across the board and Wednesday gives these players a chance to lay down a marker and for the whole squad to build some momentum towards Saturday’s Test.”
Bath fly-half Tom Heathcote has retained the number ten shirt for the England Under 20 side in today’s IRB Junior World Championship final Pool B clash against hosts South Africa at The Cape Town Stadium ( 5.45pm BST).
England (v S Barbarians): @A Goode (Saracens); D Strettle (Saracens), A Allen (Leicester), J Turner-Hall (Harlequins), C Wade (Wasps); C Hodgson (Saracens), D Care (Harlequins); M Mullan (Worcester), J Gray (Harlequins), P Doran Jones (Northampton), G Kitchener (Leicester), G Robson (Harlequins, capt), J Haskell (Otago Highlanders), C Fearns (Bath), T Waldrom (Leicester). Reps: T Youngs (Leicester), R Harden (Gloucester), T Palmer (Stade Francais), J Gibson (London Irish), L Dickson (Northampton), G Lowe (Harlequins), N Abendanon (Bath).