Rugby Union: Corry one of England's six new faces

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England will field six new caps when they tackle Argentina in Saturday's first Test at the Ferro Karril Oeste Stadium. The biggest surprise is the selection of the Bristol captain, Martin Corry, as blindside flanker ahead of Ben Clarke. Clarke, the pack leader, switches to openside.

Jim Mallinder, the Sale full-back, and the Wasps centre, Nick Greenstock, plus the Bath forwards Kevin Yates and Martin Haag complete the half dozen. They take the total of newcomers picked by Jack Rowell since Phil de Glanville replaced Will Carling as England captain last November, to 17 in seven Tests.

Behind the scrum, half-backs Mike Catt and Kyran Bracken are reunited 18 months after being dropped following defeat by the world champions South Africa. It will be Bracken's first England start since then.

Only De Glanville, Jon Sleightholme, Catt and Clarke remain from the side that beat Wales and landed a third successive Five Nations Triple Crown 11 weeks ago.

Rowell confirmed that Corry had forced his way in with a fine performance against Argentina on Tuesday, changing the back row thinking. "Martin is a player who was very close to selection, but that performance clinched the deal for him," the England manager said. "He is like a barn door, a very powerful man."

Corry, who is being cheered on in Argentina by his parents, said his Test call-up had come as a complete surprise. "When Jack told me, I didn't quite hear what he said, but once it sunk in it was a marvellous feeling," Corry said.

Rowell admitted that choosing the backs had been much more straightforward and he was looking for them to show their pace against a strong Argentinian side.

ENGLAND (v Argentina, Buenos Aires, Saturday): J Mallinder (Sale); J Sleightholme (Bath), N Greenstock (Wasps), P de Glanville (Bath, capt), A Adebayo (Bath); M Catt (Bath), K Bracken (Saracens); K Yates (Bath), P Greening (Gloucester), D Garforth (Leicester), M Haag (Bath), N Redman (Bath), M Corry (Bristol), T Diprose (Saracens), B Clarke (Richmond). Replacements: M Mapletoft (Gloucester), M Allen (Northampton), A Gomarsall (Wasps), C Sheasby (Wasps), R Cockerill (Leicester), R Hardwick (Coventry).

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