England prop Andrew Sheridan is set to return to international action in this Saturday’s eagerly anticipated opening Autumn International fixture against New Zealand at Twickenham.
Sheridan will replace loose-head prop Tim Payne in the starting XV, in what will be his first appearance for his country since a 2009 Six Nations cap against Scotland.
Besides Sheridan’s addition to the team, England name an otherwise unchanged starting line-up to that which faced and beat Australia in June.
England will play New Zealand – who lost their first test match for 16 games against Australia last week – on Saturday November 6th at 14:30 GMT, at Twickenham.
England Squad to Face New Zealand: Ben Foden (Northampton); Mark Cueto (Sale), Mike Tindall (Gloucester), Shontayne Hape (Bath), Chris Ashton (Northampton); Toby Flood (Leicester), Ben Youngs (Leicester); Andrew Sheridan (Sale), Steve Thompson (Leeds), Dan Cole (Leicester), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Tom Palmer (Stade Francais), Tom Croft (Leicester), Lewis Moody (Bath, capt), Nick Easter (Harlequins)
Replacements: Dylan Hartley (Northampton), David Wilson (Bath), David Attwood (Gloucester), Hendre Fourie (Leeds), Danny Care (Harlequins), Charlie Hodgson (Sale), Delon Armitage (London Irish).