Rugby Union: England name four new caps for tour opener

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England will field four uncapped players in the first match of their Argentinian tour against Cordoba next Wednesday.

Sale full-back Jim Mallinder, Wasps centre Nick Greenstock, Bath second- row forward Martin Haag and Harlequins flanker Rory Jenkins have an immediate chance to impress and there is an early opportunity for Saracens scrum- half Kyran Bracken.

Phil de Glanville, the captain, is one of 11 senior internationals required for duty in the tour opener, which comes barely 48 hours after England complete a gruelling journey via Madrid, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.

"There are two aims [for the tour]," De Glanville said. "Maintaining our form and style of the Five Nations' Championship, and carrying over an outstanding Courage League campaign into this tour."

ENGLAND (v Cordoba, 22 May): J Mallinder (Sale); J Sleightholme (Bath), N Greenstock (Wasps), P de Glanville (Bath, capt), A Adebayo (Bath); M Catt (Bath), K Bracken (Saracens); R Hardwick (Coventry), P Greening (Gloucester), D Garforth (Leicester), N Redman (Bath), M Haag (Bath), B Clarke (Richmond), C Sheasby (Wasps), R Jenkins (Harlequins).

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