Kitchener to lead England

  • Last Updated: May 28 2014, 12:19 BST

Leicester Tigers lock Graham Kitchener will captain the England XV to face the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.

Graham Kitchener: Will lead England on Sunday
Graham Kitchener: Will lead England on Sunday

The uncapped second row will lead the England side coached by Joe Lydon and Jon Callard, with Exeter Chiefs fly-half Henry Slade as vice-captain.

England's starting line-up boasts three fully-capped internationals and eight England Saxons.

Bath's six-cap centre Jonathan Joseph and Gloucester's four-cap wing Charlie Sharples are England's most experienced operators, with scrum-half Joe Simpson also boasting one cap.

Currently serving Army soldier and Bath wing Semesa Rokoduguni will add Fijian flair to England's ranks.

The front row of Ross Harrison, Rob Buchanan and Kyle Sinkler will all taste their first senior England action in this non-cap international fixture.

While the bulk of England's senior stars will be gearing up for the first Test against New Zealand on June 7, head coach Stuart Lancaster has refused to rule out drafting in anyone who impresses against the Barbarians.

Young Harlequins duo Sinkler and Collier will battle it out for the fourth tighthead spot for England's senior tour, with a final batch of call-ups to be finalised on Monday.

The England contingent from Saracens and Northampton involved in Saturday's Aviva Premiership final will also join the New Zealand tour on Monday.

Lock Michael Paterson will taste his first England action after impressing for Sale this season.

The RFU's head of international player development Joe Lydon said: "This England squad is full of talent and will make for an entertaining match against a strong Barbarians side with more than 700 caps between them.

"We see this match as an important development opportunity for the players and many of them gained valuable experience working with the senior squad and coaches over the last week.

"We have seen 10 players involved in these Barbarians fixtures over the last two years who have gone on to win caps for England."

England team: E Daly (Wasps), S Rokoduguni, J Joseph (both Bath), S Hill (Exeter), C Sharples (Gloucester), H Slade (Exeter), J Simpson (Wasps), R Harrison (Sale), R Buchanan, K Sinkler (both Harlequins), M Paterson (Sale), G Kitchener (capt), J Gibson (both Leicester), L Wallace (Harlequins), D Ewers (Exeter).

Replacements: T Taylor (Sale), F Balmain (Leicester), W Collier, C Matthews (both Harlequins), J Gaskell (Sale), D Robson (Gloucester), O Devoto (Bath), R Miller (Sale).


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