ENGLAND are bracing themselves for a backlash from Argentina in the second Test at Velez Sarsfield today after winning the first by a record 32-3.
The Pumas were stung by the heaviest defeat at home to England, and will hope not to lose the second Test, and concede a home series to the English for the first time since 1981. “We’ve spoken about how physical they are and how much they love playing for their country,” said England flanker Matt Kvesic, who made 29 tackles in Salta. “Off the back of a heavy loss, they are going to come out all guns blazing. We’ve got to be ready to match that.”
London Irish winger Marland Yarde makes his debut in England’s youngest back line since a loss to Wales in 1999. Kyle Eastmond makes his first start in the centre spot vacated by Billy Twelvetrees, who was called up as injury cover for the British & Irish Lions in Australia. “It has definitely got an X-factor to it, the backline,” coach Stuart Lancaster said.
Northampton fly-half Stephen Myler will also receive his first cap if he appears at Velez Sarsfield off the bench.
England: M Brown (Harlequins); C Wade (Wasps), J Joseph (London Irish), K Eastmond (Bath), M Yarde (London Irish); F Burns (Gloucester), L Dickson (Northampton); J Marler (Harlequins), R Webber (Bath), D Wilson (Bath), J Launchbury (Wasps), D Attwood (Bath), T Wood (Northampton, capt), M Kvesic (Worcester), B Morgan (Gloucester). Subs: D Paice (London Irish), H Thomas (Sale Sharks), P Doran-Jones (Northampton), C Lawes (Northampton), B Vunipola (Wasps), R Wigglesworth (Saracens), S Myler (Northampton), B Foden (Northampton).