x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

England to unveil new front row against Argentina

avid Wilson, Dylan Hartley and Joe Marler have been selected by coach Stuart Lancaster

England train for their one-off international with Argentina on Saturday. David Rogers / Getty Images
England train for their one-off international with Argentina on Saturday. David Rogers / Getty Images

LONDON // England coach Stuart Lancaster unveiled a new heavyweight front row to face renowned scrummagers Argentina when he announced his side to play the Pumas at Twickenham on Saturday.

Lancaster selected the trio of David Wilson, Dylan Hartley and Joe Marler, who all came off the bench during last week’s 20-13 win over Australia at Twickenham last weekend.

British and Irish Lions star Alex Corbisiero, fit after a knee injury kept him out the Wallaby match, had been tipped to replace now injured prop Mako Vunipola but found himself among the replacements when Lancaster announced his side on Thursday.

Instead Marler, as he’d done during last week’s match, replaced Vunipola.

“Joe Marler was excellent off the bench against Australia and merits his opportunity, as does David Wilson, who has been pushing hard for selection,” Lancaster said Thursday.

“Dylan gets a deserved chance at hooker with Tom Youngs on the bench after the safe arrival of his first child this (Thursday) morning. Rob Webber remains on standby.”

In the backs Ben Foden replaced Marland Yarde after the wing failed a fitness test on a hip injury on Thursday.

England team to play Argentina in a one-off international at Twickenham on Saturday:

England (15-1)

Mike Brown; Chris Ashton, Joel Tomkins, Billy Twelvetrees, Ben Foden; Owen Farrell, Lee Dickson; Billy Vunipola, Chris Robshaw (capt), Tom Wood; Courtney Lawes, Joe Launchbury; David Wilson, Dylan Hartley, Joe Marler

Replacements: Tom Youngs, Alex Corbisiero, Dan Cole, Geoff Parling, Ben Morgan, Ben Youngs, Toby Flood, Alex Goode