Owen Farrell England vs Wales team news: Willi Heinz and Ruaridh McConnochie start in inexperienced side

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Willi Heinz and Ruaridh McConnochie will get a chance to cement their place in England’s final Rugby World Cup squad after being named in an inexperienced starting line-up for Sunday’s Quilter International against what is a full-strength Wales.

New Zealand-born Heinz will start at scrum-half as vice-captain alongside flanker Sam Underhill, with experienced fly-half George Ford leading the side in the absence of Owen Farrell.

Underhill meanwhile will start in an attacking back-row that also features natural openside Tom Curry, who is named at No 6, with Billy Vunipola at No 8.

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Ford will have Piers Francis outside him as the Northampton Saints centre starts, having been preferred at the start of the week to regular Ben Te’o, while Henry Slade completes the midfield line-up. Anthony Watson will make his return to Test rugby having been named on the left wing, with Bath’s Sevens convert McConnochie on the right wing and Elliot Daly continuing at full-back.

The front-row blends inexperience with age as Ellis Genge and Luke Cowan-Dickie – who makes his first start at hooker – are joined by the 88-cap Dan Cole, with Joe Launchbury partnering another Bath player in Charlie Ewels at lock.

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