Slater to lead England

  • Last Updated: June 16 2014, 9:34 BST

Uncapped Leicester second row Ed Slater will captain England in Tuesday's fixture against the Crusaders, with Danny Cipriani starting at fly-half.

Ed Slater: Leads England
Ed Slater: Leads England

Cipriani, who won his eighth cap in the 20-15 first Test defeat against the All Blacks at Eden Park, is one of 11 players with Test experience in the starting XV.

In a vote of confidence in the Sale playmaker, he keeps Stephen Myler on the bench despite having been behind his Northampton rival in the pecking order before departing for New Zealand.

England have named an experienced backline for their only midweek fixture of the tour, anchored by inside centre Brad Barritt.

Barritt links up with Henry Trinder in midfield, with Alex Goode at full-back and Ben Foden on the right wing.

Bath rookie Anthony Watson, alongside Trinder the only uncapped player in the backline, has been given a start on the left wing with Lee Dickson at scrum-half.

Slater's lack of Test experience has not prevented him from being asked to lead the team with Alex Waller, who scored the Aviva Premiership title-winning try for Northampton, at loosehead.

The presence of Dave Attwood and James Haskell in the second and back rows adds beef to the pack, while Matt Kvesic has a chance to claw back some of the ground lost on Chris Robshaw at openside.

"This is a really important match for us in terms of the development of our squad," England head coach Stuart Lancaster said.

"We wanted this game to test ourselves against a top Super 15 side and, with a large squad out here, we are hoping to create opportunities for everyone to lay down a marker on this tour.

"Ed is a natural leader who has captained Leicester well, and I'm sure he will do the same with this England side.

"We are treating this as an additional Test, and I know the Crusaders will be highly motivated to put in a good performance on the back of their Super 15 form."

England will be supporting the rebuilding of Christchurch by wearing the Canterbury Rugby Earthquake Relief Charitable Trust logo on their playing shirts.

Ten specially embroidered shirts signed by the squad are to be auctioned off in aid of the Trust.

England team: A Goode (Saracens); B Foden (Northampton), H Trinder (Gloucester), B Barritt (Saracens), A Watson (Bath); D Cipriani (Sale), L Dickson (Northampton); A Waller (Northampton), J Gray (Harlequins), H Thomas (Sale), E Slater (Leicester, capt), D Attwood (Bath), J Haskell (Wasps), M Kvesic (Gloucester), T Johnson (Exeter).

Replacements: D Ward (Harlequins), N Catt (Bath), K Sinckler (Harlequins), M Paterson (Sale), R Wigglesworth (Saracens), S Myler (Northampton), J May (Gloucester), C Pennell (Worcester).