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Dombrandt handed England debut for clash with Canada


ALEX Dombrandt heads a cast list of four more England debutants for tomorrow’s Test clash with Canada at Twickenham.

The powerful Harlequins No 8 joins lock Harry Wells, centre Dan Kelly and wing Adam Radwan in winning their first caps this weekend.

Lewis Ludlow will captain England for the second time, following Sunday’s 43-29 victory over the USA when Eddie Jones handed out 12 new caps, the most in one match since 1947.

England have cast the net far and wide for new talent in this two-Test summer series, with 12 senior stars touring South Africa with the British and Irish Lions.

“Our focus this camp is being as strong a 36-player squad as we can be and there has been a lot of hard work and intense competitio­n,” said Jones.

“There is a responsibi­lity on the 23 players selected to perform to their personal best.

“We want to go out there and put smiles on the faces of all the supporters watching at Twickenham and at home on Channel 4.”

Hooker Jamie Blamire makes his first start having come off the bench against the USA, while Ellis Genge is vice-captain once more and Charlie Ewels starts again at lock.

Harry Randall and Marcus Smith pair up again at half-back, while Northampto­n’s George Furbank will cover fly-half from the bench.

Harlequins centre Joe Marchant is also among the replacemen­ts, with England this week selecting three backs on the bench.

Wasps fly-half Jacob Umaga drops out of the squad however, having made his debut off the bench last week in the centres.

England: Steward; Cokanasiga, Slade, Kelly, Radwan; Smith, Randall; Genge, Blamire, Heyes, Wells, Ewels, Ludlow (capt), Underhill, Dombrandt.

Replacemen­ts: Langdon, Obano, Hill, Chick, Ludlam, Robson, Furbank, Marchant

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has made three changes to his starting line-up for tomorrow’s clash against Argentina at the Principali­ty Stadium.

Full-back Hallam Amos, wing Owen Lane and scrum-half Kieran Hardy will all feature as switches following Wales’ 68-12 victory over Canada last weekend.

Amos replaces Leigh Halfpenny, who is sidelined due to a knee injury, while Lane is in for Tom Rogers and Hardy takes over from Tomos Williams.

Lane makes his first Wales appearance since the 2019 World Cup, when he started the third-place play-off game against New Zealand in Tokyo.

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