Cipriani starts at fullback for England Saxons

England Saxons Head Coach Stuart Lancaster has named Danny Cipriani (London Wasps) in the team and takes role of full back whilst last weekend’s try scorer Shane Geraghty (Northampton Saints) retains the number 10 shirt.

Lancaster has made nine changes to the starting line up that impressed against Ireland A last Sunday with a 17-13 victory for the match against Italy A in Treviso on Sunday February 7

Bath prop David Flatman starts for the first time since last June’s Churchill Cup and Leed’s flanker Hendre Fourie makes his debut alongside Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) and last week’s man of the match Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints).

Jon Clarke (Northampton Saints) joins Miles Benjamin (Worcester Warriors) in the back line whilst Newcastle’s Micky Young is promoted from the bench to start at scrum half.

Lancaster said, “The guys put in a great performance last weekend and we hope to back that up with another impressive display against Italy A on Sunday.

“We’ve made quite a few changes to the squad that beat Ireland A last weekend which gives opportunities to the new guys coming in.

“Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) and Luke Narraway (Gloucester Rugby) and have returned to their clubs whilst Hendre and Rob Vickers (Newcastle Falcons) have come in as injury cover for Andy Saull (Saracens) and David Paice (London Irish). Noah Cato (Saracens) and Nick Wood (Gloucester Rugby) will travel with us as the 23 and 24 man.”

England Saxons to face Italy A:

15 Danny Cipriani (London Wasps) , 14 David Strettle (Harlequins) , 13 Jon Clarke (Northampton Saints) , 12 Brad Barritt (Saracens) , 11 Miles Benjamin (Worcester Warriors) , 10 Shane Geraghty (Northampton Saints) , 9 Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons) , 1 David Flatman (Bath Rugby) , 2 Rob Webber (London Wasps) , 3 Paul Doran-Jones (Gloucester Rugby) , 4 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers) , 5 George Skivington (London Wasps, captain) , 6 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) , 7 Hendre Fourie (Leeds Carnegie)* , 8 Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)

Replacements: 16 Tom Mercey (Saracens) , 17 Rob Vickers (Newcastle Falcons)* , 18 Dave Attwood (Gloucester Rugby) , 19 Tom Wood (Worcester Warriors) , 20 Richard Wigglesworth (Sale Sharks) , 21 Dominic Waldouck (London Wasps) , 22 Alex Goode (Saracens)

*Denotes uncapped for England Saxons

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