Danny Cipriani to start England return on the bench against the Barbarians

Ruben Hill
May 28, 2018

Ford and Chris Robshaw have been named as co-captains after fulfilling the roles in last year's fixture against the Baa Baas and Samoa this season.

Scrum-half Ben Youngs is back in an England jersey for the first time since suffering a serious knee injury against Italy in the NatWest 6 Nations opener in March.

Mike Brown, normally at home in the full-back position, starts on the win with Elliot Daly handed the number 15 shirt.

Tigers front rowers George McGuigan and Ellis Genge are named on the bench.

Danny Cipriani will have to wait for his first England appearance in nearly three years after he was named on the bench for the game against the Barbarians on Sunday. So too has Dan Robson, who make his debut for England in similar circumstances against the Baa Baas four years ago.

Daly impressed in two positions but some of his team-mates struggled
Daly impressed in two positions but some of his team-mates struggledSTU FORSTER GETTY IMAGES

Robshaw will play in the backrow alongside Tom Curry - who became the youngest player to start an global for England in 90 years against Argentina last year - and the former England U20 captain Zach Mercer.

"This is a good young squad and their work ethic has been outstanding over the last two weeks", head coach Eddie Jones said.

The hosts fielded a mixture of regular internationals and young players, but the inexperienced line-up was no match for the power of the Barbarians, who ran in nine tries in an entertaining game full of running rugby.

The team for the match at Twickenham is co-captained by Ford and Chris Robshaw, and the latter is joined in the back row by Tom Curry, the Sale openside who appears destined to fill the seven jersey for next month's series against South Africa.

And speaking about what supporters at Twickenham can expect from his side on Sunday, Jones added: "We want to play to our strengths, have a strong set piece and a good defence and create opportunities out of our defence".

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