England v Uruguay preview

England will bid to give their fans something to cheer about after a disastrous World Cup campaign by winning their final game on Saturday.

Stuart Lancaster's men became the first hosts to ever go out of a Rugby World Cup in the group stages after losing to both Wales and Australia in Pool A.

England have named a young team to face winless Uruguay in Manchester.

"There's a lot of people who've waited a long time to see England play in the north of England," Lancaster said.

"We have a lot of young talent on show and that talent will excite the crowd and it's up to us to do that. We want to leave people with the feeling that actually this is a good team."

With the draw made three years ago when England were in the second tier of seeds and Wales the third, by the time the tournament started hosts found themselves in a group containing four of the top nine sides in the world.

They beat Fiji but, despite holding a 10-point lead over Wales in the second half, lost to Warren Gatland's men in their second match at Twickenham.

It was fiercely-debated defeat, with captain Chris Robshaw turning down the chance to go for a match-levelling penalty, and subsequently being bundled into touch at the line-out when England kicked for the corner instead of going for goal.

But there was no doubt about England's second loss, as they were out-played by Australia to end their hopes in the tournament.

No Burgess on Saturday

The selection of rugby league-convert Sam Burgess, firstly in the tournament squad and then in the starting XV for the Wales game and on the bench for Fiji and Australia, was the cause of some controversy.

Some observers felt he lacked rugby union experience and was also played out of position at inside centre. He misses out on selection this weekend.

Henry Slade comes into the side at outside centre, with Owen Farrell at inside centre and George Ford - controversially dropped earlier in the tournament - starting at fly-half.

Nick Easter, who did not play for England for four years after 2011 World Cup, starts at number eight at the age of 37.


England: Alex Goode, Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Owen Farrell, Jack Nowell, George Ford, Danny Care, Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Geoff Parling, James Haskell, Chris Robshaw (capt), Nick Easter.

Replacements: Jamie George, Joe Marler, David Wilson, George Kruis, Tom Wood, Richard Wigglesworth, Jonathan Joseph, Mike Brown.

Uruguay: Gaston Mieres, Santiago Gibernau, Joaquin Prada, Andres Vilaseca, Rodrigo Silva,, Felipe Berchesi, Agustin Ormaechea, Mateo Sanguinetti, Carlos Arboleya, Mario Sagario, Santiago Vilaseca (capt), Jorge Zerbino, Juan Manuel Gaminara, Matias Beer, Alejandro Nieto.

Replacements: Nicolas Klappenbach, Oscar Duran, Alejo Corral, Mathias Palomeque, Diego Magno, Agustin Alonso, Alejo Duran, Manuel Blengio.