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Genge and Sinckler to face All Blacks

Kyle Sinckler and Ellis Genge will pack down in the front row when England play New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday (5.30pm KO).

Captain Owen Farrell will make his 100th appearance for England at inside centre. Farrell made his debut against Scotland in February 2012 and becomes only the third England men’s player to reach a century of caps.

Manu Tuilagi returns to the starting line-up at outside centre. Marcus Smith is at fly half and Jack van Poortvliet is at scrum half. Vice-captain Jack Nowell is at right wing, Jonny May is on the left wing and Freddie Steward is at full back.

In an unchanged front row from England’s 52-13 win over Japan, props Ellis Genge (vice-captain) and Kyle Sinckler join hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie. Maro Itoje returns to lock alongside Jonny Hill. Sam Simmonds moves to flanker with Tom Curry, and Billy Vunipola is at No. 8.

Will Stuart returns from injury and is named as finisher, alongside David Ribbans. Jack Willis is named in the 23 and is joined by Jamie George, Mako Vunipola, Ben Youngs, Guy Porter and Henry Slade.

The match marks the first meet between the two sides since England beat the All Blacks 19-7 in the 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final.

"This fixture doesn’t come around too often and these are the games that players remember in their careers," said Jones. "New Zealand have had the upper hand over the years, but it’s been more balanced in recent times and the players have a chance to play their part in history. We’ve had a great week preparing for the game and the team is ready to go at them.

"We’re really pleased for Owen that he is reaching such a significant and special milestone. He is an excellent player and competitor and he is deserving of every cap."


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