Lancaster names Youngs in young England team to face Fiji

England coach Stuart Lancaster has picked an inexperienced side to face Fiji in Twickenham on Saturday (kick off 2.30pm) with Leicester hooker Tom Youngs making his debut and Harlequins winger Ugo Monye returning to the set-up two and half years after his last cap.

The team is the most inexpereinced England have fielded in the professional era, with 215 caps, but Lancaster will hoping to continue his promising start since taking over from Martin Johnson last year.

Uncapped Wasps back row Joe Launchbury and Saracens prop Mako Vunipola are on the bench and could feature in what should be a routine win for England, despite the injury woes in the squad ahead of the Australia and South Africa matches in the coming weekends.

15-Alex Goode, 14-Charlie Sharples, 13-Manu Tuilagi, 12-Brad Barritt, 11-Ugo Monye, 10-Toby Flood, 9-Danny Care; 8-Thomas Waldron, 7-Chris Robshaw (captain), 6-Tom Johnson, 5-Tom Palmer, 4-Geoff Parling, 3-Dan Cole, 2-Tom Youngs, 1-Joe Marler.

Replacements: 16-David Paice, 17-Dave Wilson, 18-Mako Vunipola, 19-Joe Launchbury, 20-Tom Wood, 21-Ben Youngs, 22-Owen Farrell, 23-Mike Brown. (Editing by: Mike Collett)


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