Moon to make first Eng­land start

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Sport - BY MARK STEVENS

Ex­eter Chiefs prop Ben Moon will make his first-ever Test start af­ter he was to­day named in the Eng­land start­ing line-up for Satur­day’s sec­ond Quil­ter Au­tumn In­ter­na­tional Test match against New Zealand at Twick­en­ham this af­ter­noon.

The loose-head prop – who takes over from club-mate Alec Hep­burn in the front-row – is one of three changes Ed­die Jones has made to start­ing XV that beat South Africa 12-11 last week­end.

Else­where, Chris Ash­ton (Sale Sharks), who scored a try when Eng­land last beat New Zealand in 2012, will start on the right wing in place of Chiefs’ star Jack Now­ell, while Sam Un­der­hill comes in at open-side flanker fol­low­ing an an­kle in­jury to Tom Curry (Sale Sharks).

There are three changes to the bench with Hep­burn and Now­ell join­ing Court­ney Lawes as fin­ish­ers. Also named on the bench is Ex­eter's Harry Wil­liams, while Henry Slade keeps his place in the start­ing line-up at out­side cen­tre.

Jones said: “The ex­pec­ta­tion for Satur­day is no dif­fer­ent to any other Test match. We want to be at our best, bet­ter than we were in the pre­vi­ous Test match and we want to play with pride and pas­sion which ig­nites the fan.

“It’s been a good week, the play­ers have re­cov­ered well, trained well on Tues­day, ex­cep­tion­ally well on Wed­nes­day and we look for­ward to the chal­lenge of tak­ing on New Zealand on Satur­day.

“The crowd last week was won­der­ful, we had great sup­port and en­thu­si­asm for the game and they saw a great Test match and I’m sure on Satur­day they will see an­other.”

Mean­while, Chiefs are in ac­tion, at home, against Har­lequins in the Pre­mier­ship Rugby Cup this af­ter­noon.


Ben Moon makes a tackle af­ter coming off the bench in their game against South Africa last week­end

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