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Freeman handed first England start against Barbarians

Tommy Freeman will don the Red Rose for the first time on Sunday as he, and fellow Northampton Saints teammate Courtney Lawes, are named in Eddie Jones' side to face the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium. 

The 21-year-old fullback will make his first England appearance at senior level in the starting XV, while seasoned international Lawes starts the non-cap clash on the bench. 

The Barbarians match forms a key part of Eddie Jones’ side’s preparation for their upcoming tour of Australia. England will play three tests against the Wallabies in Perth (2 July), Brisbane (9 July) and Sydney (16 July).

Head coach Jones said: “This is a young team, they have prepared really well and worked hard over the past few camps to come together as a group.  It is a great opportunity to play in this England XV side and show what they can do.

“We are looking forward to playing against an unusually French Barbarians side – which you normally only get when you play the French Barbarians.

“We’ll use it as an opportunity to develop combinations and assess players for the Australia tour.

“We will put our best foot forward and it should make for a great game of rugby for all of the supporters at Twickenham.”

ENGLAND XV vs BARBARIANS
Sunday 19 June, 2022
Twickenham Stadium
Kick-off: 3pm
Live on Amazon Prime

15 Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints)
14 Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby)
13 Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
12 Mark Atkinson (Gloucester Rugby)
11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
10 Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
9 Harry Randall (Bristol Bears)

1 Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks)
2 Jack Walker (Harlequins)
3 Will Collier (Harlequins)
4 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
5 Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
6 Tom Curry (C) (Sale Sharks)
7 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)
8 Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins)

Replacements:
16 Jack Singleton (Gloucester Rugby)
17 Will Goodrick-Clarke (London Irish)
18 Patrick Schickerling (Exeter Chiefs)
19 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
20 Jack Willis (Wasps)
21 Danny Care (Harlequins)
22 Orlando Bailey (Bath Rugby)
23 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)

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