Rugby: England recall Lawes for ABs test

Courtney Lawes has been included in England's 23-man squad for this weekend's Test against New Zealand at Twickenham. Photo / Getty Images.
Courtney Lawes has been included in England's 23-man squad for this weekend's Test against New Zealand at Twickenham. Photo / Getty Images.

Courtney Lawes has been included in England's 23-man squad for this weekend's Test against New Zealand at Twickenham.

Northampton lock Lawes, who returned from a knee injury in the Saints' Premiership win against London Welsh on Saturday, has replaced Mouritz Botha.

The only other change to England's match-day 23 from last weekend's 16-15 loss to South Africa was the inclusion of uncapped Gloucester outside-half Freddie Burns in place of the injured Toby Flood.

England coach Stuart Lancaster is due to name his starting XV on Thursday, with the only change he is expected to make seeing Owen Farrell replace Flood at fly-half.

England 23-man squad to play New Zealand:

Backs: Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Mike Brown, Freddie Burns, Danny Care, Owen Farrell, Alex Goode, Jonathan Joseph, Manu Tuilagi, Ben Youngs.

Forwards: Alex Corbisiero, Dan Cole, James Haskell), Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Ben Morgan, David Paice, Geoff Parling, Chris Robshaw (capt), Mako Vunipola, David Wilson, Tom Wood, Tom Youngs.

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