Five Saints starters for England Saturday

Ben Foden returns to England's starting line-up against Argentina © Getty Images

Rugby News Five Saints starters for England Saturday

Dylan Hartley and Ben Foden have been elevated to England’s starting XV for Saturday’s Twickenham Test against Argentina, boosting the number of Saints starters to five with Lee Dickson, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood all retained. You can see the game live on big screens at the Gardens ahead of the Saints’ clash with Gloucester, too!

The quintet make the Saints the best represented side in the starting XV for the second autumn international, while a sixth, Alex Corbisiero, has recovered from a knee injury to take his place in the matchday 23. Joe Marler gets the nod on the loose head to start though in an entirely changed front row along with Hartley and David Wilson.

Foden’s inclusion on the wing in a back three with Mike Brown and Chris Ashton is the only other change to the side that came back to beat Australia 20-13 last weekend.

“Ben Foden gets his chance with Alex Goode on the bench,” head coach Stuart Lancaster said. “Ben has had a full week's training on the wing, he is a great finisher and in form so it's a great option for us.

“The Twickenham crowd was superb against Australia and we were pleased to get the victory but we know there’s more to come from this team and we are looking forward to building on that momentum for this weekend.”

The 2:30pm kick off marks the start of an afternoon of double rugby at Franklin’s Gardens, with the game being shown live around the ground before the LV= Cup opener with Gloucester – a game that is selling fast!

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Autumn International
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Kick off 2:30pm

15 Mike BROWN (Harlequins, 19 caps)
14 Chris ASHTON (Saracens, 35 caps) 
13 Joel TOMKINS (Saracens, 1 cap)
12 Billy TWELVETREES (Gloucester Rugby, 6 caps)
11 Ben FODEN (Northampton Saints, 32 caps)
10 Owen FARRELL (Saracens, 17 caps)
9 Lee DICKSON (Northampton Saints, 10 caps)
1 Joe MARLER (Harlequins, 13 caps)
2 Dylan HARTLEY (Northampton Saints, 48 caps)
3 David WILSON (Bath Rugby, 29 caps)
4 Joe LAUNCHBURY (London Wasps, 12 caps)
5 Courtney LAWES (Northampton Saints, 23 caps)
6 Tom WOOD (Northampton Saints, 21 caps)
7 Chris ROBSHAW (Harlequins, 18 caps) (capt)
8 Billy VUNIPOLA (Saracens, 3 caps)

16 Tom YOUNGS (Leicester Tigers, 10 caps)
17 Alex CORBISIERO (Northampton Saints, 18 caps)
18 Dan COLE (Leicester Tigers, 41 caps)
19 Geoff PARLING (Leicester Tigers, 17 caps)
20 Ben MORGAN (Gloucester Rugby, 13 caps)
21 Ben YOUNGS (Leicester Tigers, 34 caps)
22 Toby FLOOD (Leicester Tigers, 58 caps)
23 Alex GOODE (Saracens, 11 caps)

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