Saracens’ Owen Farrell will make his 100th England appearance as he lines up at inside centre against New Zealand in the Autumn Nations Series at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday.
Farrell, who will be key to Saracens’ Heineken Champions Cup hopes this season as he looks to steer the Gallagher Premiership side to a fourth title in EPCR’s leading competition, keeps his place in the team following last weekend’s 52-13 thrashing of Japan.
The 2017 EPCR European Player of the Year is set to become the third England men’s player to earn a century of caps, with his debut coming just over a decade ago.
Exeter Chiefs wing Jack Nowell, a Heineken Champions Cup winner in 2020, returns amid a few personnel and positional tweaks by head coach Eddies Jones.
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Sale Sharks’ Manu Tuilagi slots back in at outside centre, with Saracens No.8 Billy Vunipola also back in the starting XV.
Vunipola’s inclusion sees his clubmate Maro Itoje shift forward to lock and Exeter’s Sam Simmonds move across to blindside flanker.
Sale’s Tom Curry and Jonny Hill keep their places at openside flanker and lock respectively, with Exeter hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie also retained.
Jack van Poortvliet gets the nod at scrum-half ahead of fellow Leicester man Ben Youngs, with Tigers’ Freddie Steward continuing at full-back.
Harlequins’ Marcus Smith is at fly-half once again while Gloucester Rugby’s Jonny May is on the wing.