Burgess and Farrell start for England against Wales

Sam Burgess says people did not want him to succeed in Rugby Union

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has named Sam Burgess to make his second international start in this weekend’s Rugby World Cup match against Wales at

Burgess comes into the starting line up for his injured Bath Rugby clubmate Jonathan Joseph and will play at 12 with Brad Barritt moving to outside centre.

The other significant change in the England backline is Owen Farrell starting at flyhalf with George Ford moving to the replacements bench.

Elsewhere, Billy Vunipola – another influential replacement last Friday and the scorer of England’s bonus-point try – comes in at No 8 in place of Ben Morgan. The Gloucester Rugby man is still struggling with a knee complaint.

Meanwhile, James Haskell and Alex Goode are both included in a 23 for the first time at this tournament, covering back row and the back three respectively.

“We have a lot of respect for the Wales coaching team and their players, “said England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster.

“They are a high quality side and I am sure it will be some occasion on Saturday evening. The support at Twickenham last week was incredible with the crowd really getting behind us.”

“We will need them again this week to lift the players against a tough Wales team.”


15. Mike Brown , 14. Anthony Watson , 13. Brad Barritt , 12. Sam Burgess , 11. Jonny May , 10. Owen Farrell , 9. Ben Youngs , 8. Billy Vunipola , 7. Chris Robshaw (c), 6. Tom Wood , 5. Courtney Lawes , 4. Geoff Parling , 3. Dan Cole, 2. Tom Youngs,1. Joe Marler

Replacements : 16. Rob Webber , 17. Mako Vunipola , 18. Kieran Brookes , 19. Joe Launchbury , 20. James Haskell , 21. Richard Wigglesworth , 22. George Ford, 23. Alex Goode

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