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Saracens star Farrell to start at fly-half for England

England have announced their squad for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup Pool A game against Wales at Twickenham Stadium and Saracens star Owen Farrell will start at fly-half.

Farrell starts at No.10 with Bath Rugby's George Ford moving to the bench while Billy Vunipola of Saracens comes in at No.8 for Gloucester Rugby’s Ben Morgan, who is still struggling with a knee injury.

Bath’s Sam Burgess takes over from club-mate Jonathan Joseph in midfield and partners Brad Barritt of Saracens, who moves to outside centre.

James Haskell (Wasps) and Alex Goode (Saracens) are both included in the 23 for the first time in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, covering the back row and back three respectively.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We have a lot of respect for the Wales coaching team and their players, they are a high quality side and I am sure it will be some occasion on Saturday evening.

“The support at Twickenham last week was incredible with the crowd really getting behind us and we will need them again this week to lift the players against a tough Wales team.”
 
England (v Wales, Twickenham Stadium, 8pm BST, Saturday, September 26, 2015)
15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 40 caps) 
14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
13 Brad Barritt (Saracens, 24 caps)
12 Sam Burgess (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)
11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 17 caps)
10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 32 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 50 caps)

1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 34 caps)
2 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 25 caps)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 53 caps)
4 Geoff Parling (Exeter Chiefs, 26 caps)
5 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 41 caps)
6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 39 caps)
7 Chris Robshaw (capt, Harlequins, 40 caps)
8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 20 caps)

Replacements
16 Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 14 caps)
17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 24 caps)
18 Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints, 13 caps)
19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 25 caps)
20 James Haskell (Wasps,  60 caps)
21 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 24 caps)
22 George Ford (Bath Rugby, 14 caps) 
23 Alex Goode (Saracens, 18 caps)
 

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