Round-up: Debutants threaten England's old hands
Sunday 09 June 2013
England's holidaying absentees have been warned that they face a battle to regain their Test places after Stuart Lancaster's young guns maximised their opportunity in a 32-3 victory over Argentina on Saturday.
Christian Wade and Matt Kvesic enjoyed impressive debuts as they took over on the wing and at open-side flanker from Chris Ashton and Chris Robshaw, who have both been rested this summer. Billy Twelvetrees played with authority at inside centre and his performance will put the pressure on Brad Barritt when a full-strength England squad reconvenes for the autumn internationals.
One of Lancaster's stated aims on the tour of Argentina is to build competition for places and strengthen his selection options leading into the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The players are responding.
The Gloucester No 8 Ben Morgan said: "We have got a lot of young lads and new people coming in who have been given an opportunity to put their marker down and stake a claim for the shirt. We want a competitive environment as a team because that is going to drive us towards our goal of the World Cup."
Morgan had a hand in the first two tries, scored by David Strettle and Twelvetrees, before crashing over for the third try himself as England stormed into a 25-0 lead. No England side has ever won a Test series in Argentina with a clean sweep; that is now the challenge that awaits them in Buenos Aires next weekend.
The Wales winger Liam Williams expects the debutants in the narrow victory over Japan on Saturday to have gained far more from their experience than they would have from a comfortable win. Seven new caps appeared in the 22-18 triumph in Osaka and Williams said: "You learn more from hard games like that when you're under pressure, away from home and playing in those conditions, than a 60-point win. That experience will stand everyone in good stead."
Scotland suffered their first ever defeat to Samoa in the opening match of the quadrangular tournament in Durban, going down 27-17. They face hosts South Africa on Saturday and coach Scott Johnson said: "We have to get better."
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Jose Mourinho dismisses United injury worries, saying 'they have an amazing squad'
Aaron Hernandez: American Football in the dock as NFL star player's murderous double life is revealed
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Why Blues are the least popular team in the league
Arsene Wenger compares talk of Jurgen Klopp replacing him at Arsenal to a 'circus'
Chelsea vs Manchester United combined XI: Thibaut Courtois or David De Gea? Juan Mata or Willian? Who makes our team?
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a white stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'