Eleven new faces for England tour of Argentina

Christian WadeChristian Wade, Marlan Yarde and Jonny May are three of the 11 uncapped players named by Stuart Lancaster in his England squad for this summer’s Barbarians game and three-match tour to Uruguay and Argentina.
Premiership top-try-scorer Wade, who was tipped to tour Australia with the British & Irish Lions, gets a chance to earn his first Test cap alongside former England U20 teammate Yarde and Gloucester flyer Jonny May.
Insisde them will be Rugby League converts Kyle Eastmond and Joel Tomkins who have been impressice this season with Bath and Saracens respectively since switching codes.
Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns will get his chance to lead the England attack as Toby Flood is being rested and Owen Farrell away with the Lions.
Alongside Flood. captain Chris Robshaw is also given some rest with Saracens duo Brad Barritt and Chris Ashton and Danny Care.
Robshaw’s absence means Northampton Tom Wood will captain England in Argentina in a back row that sees the inclusion of promising youngsters Matt Kvesic and Saracens-bound Billy Vunipola.
In the front row, after making the Harlequins’ hooker jersey his own, former England U20 Rob Buchanan will battle with the returning Rob Webber for a Test place while Henry Thomas could also get his first cap from the tighthead position.
On the back of an outstanding season with Leicester, lock Ed Slater has been given an opportunity to bring his ball carrying abilities on the Test stage while Dave Atwood is in the England france once again after becoming a leading figure in the Bath pack this year.
England – minus the players from the Aviva Premiership final the previous day – are taking on the Barbarians at Twickenham on May 26 before playing a Consur XV, representing the South American nations, in Montevideo, Uruguay on June 2 and then Tests against Argentina in Salta (June 8) and Buenos Aires (June 15).
Lancaster said: “We’re really looking forward to this tour and we’ve selected a young and exciting side which I’m sure will do the country proud in a tough series of matches.
“The key principles in selection were threefold: first and foremost to win the games but also to develop strength in depth and more options in certain positions, and to give one or two players a physical and mental break.
“We feel we’ve got the balance right and have given places to a number of players who have shone in the Aviva Premiership this season, one or two who have been on the fringes for a while, and several players who have been involved over the last year or so. This is everyone’s chance to step up.
“Tom Wood will captain the side and I am sure he will do a fantastic job, as he has the respect of all the players and management and we are looking forward to other leaders developing in the absence of some senior players.
“A few are being rested after a hard campaign but they will, of course, be considered by the British & Irish Lions should they be required.”
England squad 
Forwards: Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), David Paice (London Irish), Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers), Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks), Billy Vunipola (London Wasps), Rob Webber (Bath Rugby), David Wilson (Bath Rugby), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, Capt.).
Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Ben Foden (Northampton Saints), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), David Strettle (Saracens), Joel Tomkins (Saracens), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby), Christian Wade (London Wasps), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Marland Yarde (London Irish).

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