8 Nov 2014

Rokoduguni to face Savea

3:05 pm on 8 November 2014
Semesa Rokoduguni of Bath Rugby during the Aviva Premiership match between Harlequins and Bath.

Semesa Rokoduguni of Bath Rugby during the Aviva Premiership match between Harlequins and Bath. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Fiji-born winger Semesa Rokoduguni has been named to make his England debut in Sunday morning's Test against the All Blacks at Twickenham.

The 27-year-old 110-kilo flyer has been picked on the right wing, meaning he'll mark the All Blacks try-scoring machine Julian Savea, creating a mouth-watering clash of the Titans out wide.

Rokoduguni will have his hands full trying to stop the man they call "the bus" from adding to his already impressive try tally against the hosts, the All Blacks wing has scored eight tries from just four tests against England.

Kyle Eastmond and Brad Barritt form a new-look centre partnership, while Dave Attwood replaces the injured Joe Launchbury at lock after returning to the squad following the birth of his first child.

England coach Stuart Lancaster says the British army soldier has topped the stats in virtually every category and looks ready to play.

Lancaster, who led England to a famous 38-21 win over the All Blacks in 2012 but three successive defeats in New Zealand this year, described playing the world champions as rugby's ultimate test.

He says they're at home against a very high quality team but they've got belief in their team as well.

Lock George Kruis and back Anthony Watson were named on the replacements' bench and could make their England debuts on their home ground.

Owen Farrell was selected at first-five ahead of George Ford despite struggling with a thigh strain this season.

England - 15-Mike Brown, 14-Semesa Rokoduguni, 13-Brad Barritt, 12-Kyle Eastmond, 11-Jonny May, 10-Owen Farrell, 9-Danny Care; 8-Billy Vunipola, 7-Chris Robshaw (captain), 6-Tom Wood, 5-Courtney Lawes, 4-Dave Attwood, 3-David Wilson, 2-Dylan Hartley, 1-Joe Marler

Replacements: 16-Rob Webber, 17-Matt Mullan, 18-Kieran Brookes, 19-George Kruis, 20-Ben Morgan, 21-Ben Youngs, 22-George Ford, 23-Anthony Watson