Saracens - Kruis to make first start in Cardiff

Feb 04, 2015

Kruis to make first start in Cardiff

Four Saracens players have been included in Stuart Lancaster’s 23-man England squad to face Wales in Friday’s 2015 6 Nations opener in Cardiff.

George Kruis makes his first ever England start at second row and will win his fifth cap in the process at the Millennium Stadium. Joining Kruis in the England pack is No8 Billy Vunipola, with the in-form Saracens loose forward set to win his 13th cap.

On the bench, Mako Vunipola makes a welcome return to the England fold, after his return from a knee injury. Joining M. Vunipola on the replacements bench is Richard Wigglesworth – the Saracens scrum half will win his 17th cap if he features.

England Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster: “We’ve had to make some tight calls but we are excited about the side selected for what will be a big challenge.

“Billy Vunipola has also been playing well for Saracens and it’s good to be able to give George Kruis his first international start after his impressive run off the bench in November.”

England match-day 23 to face Wales

15. Mike Brown (Harlequins, 33 caps); 14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 4 caps), 13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 6 caps), 12. Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints, 7 caps), 11. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 11 caps), 10. George Ford (Bath Rugby, 6 caps), 9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 42 caps); 1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 26 caps), 2. Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 61 caps), 3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 45 caps), 4. David Attwood (Bath Rugby, 16 caps); 5. George Kruis (Saracens, 4 caps); 6. James Haskell (Wasps, 53 caps), 7. Chris Robshaw (captain, Harlequins, 32 caps), 8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 12 caps).

Replacements: 16. Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 17 caps), 17. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 15 caps), 18. Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons, 6 caps), 19. Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers, 38 caps), 20. Nick Easter (Harlequins, 47 caps), 21. Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 16 caps), 22. Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks, 9 caps), 23. Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 16 caps).

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