Ash­ton poised to make first Eng­land start in four years

Bristol Post - - SPORT -

CHRIS Ash­ton makes his first Eng­land start for four years as one of three changes for to­mor­row’s long-awaited clash with New Zealand at Twick­en­ham.

Ash­ton lines-up on the right wing in place of Jack Now­ell af­ter im­press­ing dur­ing his 15-minute spell as a sub­sti­tute in the 12-11 vic­tory over South Africa, which opened the Quil­ter In­ter­na­tion­als.

The 31-year-old has amassed 40 caps in an in­ter­na­tional ca­reer in­ter­rupted by sus­pen­sion, fall­ing out of favour with suc­ces­sive Eng­land coaches and a sea­son-long spell in Toulon.

Now­ell drops to the bench but there is no place for Manu Tuilagi, de­spite his re­cov­ery from the groin strain which ruled him out against the Spring­boks.

The two other changes see Ben Moon come in for Alec Hep­burn at loose­head prop and Sam Un­der­hill re­place the in­jured Tom Curry. Eng­land: El­liot Daly; Chris Ash­ton, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Jonny May; Owen Far­rell (co-cap­tain), Ben Youngs; Ben Moon, Dy­lan Hart­ley (co-cap­tain), Kyle Sinck­ler, Maro Itoje, Ge­orge Kruis, Brad Shields, Sam Un­der­hill, Mark Wil­son.

Re­place­ments: Jamie Ge­orge, Alec Hep­burn, Harry Wil­liams, Char­lie Ewels, Court­ney Lawes, Danny Care, Ge­orge Ford, Jack Now­ell.

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