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Gloucester Rugby pair Billy Twelvetrees and Ben Morgan start for England in Six Nations opener

By Youngy10  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

Billy Twelvetrees

Billy Twelvetrees

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GLOUCESTER centre Billy Twelvetrees will make his England debut in Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland at Twickenham.

The 24-year-old who made the switch from Leicester to Gloucester in the summer joins teammate Ben Morgan in the starting lineup for the opening Six Nations encounter.

Twelvetrees replaced injured Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi as Brad Barrit's midfield partner in a side that shows two changes from the one that recorded a historic victory over New Zealand in the Autumn Internationals.

Harlequins prop Joe Marler replaces injured London Irish loosehead Alex Corbisiero in the starting XV, while  Dylan Hartley, Toby Flood and David Strettle come on to the replacements' bench for David Paice, Freddie Burns and Jonathan Joseph respectively.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We are happy to stick with the team that did so well against New Zealand, especially in light of the fact that they have all been in good form for their clubs since then.

"There were some very tight calls, with some  experienced players coming back into contention, and I am sure the bench will have a significant impact on the game.

"We can't wait to get back to Twickenham and hopefully experience the same atmosphere as the autumn when the crowd was superb. It means a lot to the players to have such support in the ground and watching on television."

Gloucester captain Jim Hamilton starts for Scotland as does former Kingsholm flanker Alasdair Strokosch, who now plays for Perpignan.

England (v Scotland, Saturday, 4pm, Twickenham Stadium)

15. Alex Goode (Saracens, 6 caps)

14. Chris Ashton (Saracens, 29 caps)

13. Brad Barritt (Saracens, 11 caps)

12. Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)

11. Mike Brown (Harlequins, 11 caps)

10. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 12 caps)

9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 28 caps)

1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 5 caps)

2. Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 4 caps)

3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 35 caps)

4. Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 4 caps)

5. Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 12 caps)

6. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 13 caps)

7. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 12 caps)

8. Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 9 caps)

Replacements

16. Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 42 caps)

17. David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 22 caps)

18. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 4 caps)

19. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 15 caps)

20. James Haskell (London Wasps, 45 caps)

21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 37 caps)

22. Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers, 53 caps)

23. David Strettle (Saracens, 12 caps)

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12 comments

  • walker1105  |  January 31 2013, 8:32PM

    Rupert Harden can not come back soon enough, as far as I am concerned. He is, after all, our top rated, first choice and best tight head by a mile. There is no real competition for HIS number 3 shirt.

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  • haztooms  |  January 31 2013, 8:30PM

    I really hope Rupert is fit again to start on the weekend. We don't want to go into that game with an underpowered scrum.

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  • SidGlawsder  |  January 31 2013, 8:29PM

    Out of the Premiership games so far this season, Harden has started nine. Nigel Davies, the chap who earns his money from knowing what is what when it comes to rugby union, certainly knows which of his tight-head props is his first choice.

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  • GlawsSurfer  |  January 31 2013, 8:28PM

    Rupert Harden is ND's first choice at tight head. The multi troll glawsteruk1's knowledge on rugby players pales into insignificance compared to Nigel's

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  • Don_Deakin  |  January 31 2013, 8:26PM

    I just hope Harden is back for the weekend. The scrum has certainly lost a whole load of power without Harden starting.

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  • CrunchMan  |  January 31 2013, 8:25PM

    Rupert has been absolutely sensational when he has been on the pitch this season. We need him back, fit and raring to go as soon as possible if our season is not to go off the rails.

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  • Hinchcliffe33  |  January 31 2013, 8:24PM

    Rupert Harden is the top rated and best tight head prop at Gloucester bar none.

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  • craigben  |  January 31 2013, 8:22PM

    Rupert Harden is the best tight head at Gloucester Rugby. The fact that that gets right up the nose of the Harden and Gloucester hating multi-ID, troll glawsteruk1, is an added bonus.

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  • Straw90  |  January 31 2013, 8:21PM

    Laugh at the clueless Gloucester Rugby hating multi-troll galwasteruk1 trying to convince us that he is interested or even knows anything about Gloucester Rugby.

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  • Newilldon  |  January 31 2013, 8:19PM

    Without Rupert Harden, our scrum will always be underpowered and will always struggle.

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