Ed Slater to captain England against Crusaders

01:57, Jun 16 2014
Ed Slater
TEAM LEADER: Ed Slater will captain England against the Crusaders on Tuesday night.

Leicester Tigers' lock Ed Slater will captain England against the Crusaders at Christchurch's AMI Stadium tomorrow.

Slater, who led his club in the second half of the northern hemisphere season, will skipper a side containing 12 capped internationals - which includes ex-Melbourne Rebels' playmaker Danny Cipriani.

He is one of four senior England debutants along with Northampton prop Alex Waller, Gloucester centre Henry Trinder and Bath wing Anthony Watson.

Christchurch-born Michael Paterson, a former Crusader and Hurricanes lock, has been named in the reserves.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster noted the importance of the match for the development of his squad which will depart for Hamilton on Thursday to prepare for the third test against the All Blacks.

''We wanted this game to test ourselves against a top Super 15 side and with a large squad out here we are hoping to create opportunities for everyone to lay down a marker on this tour,'' Lancaster said.


''We can see by how they have trained that they can't wait to pull on an England shirt tomorrow. Ed is a natural leader who has captained Leicester well and I am sure he will do the same with this England side.

"We are treating this like an additional test and I know the Crusaders will be highly motivated to put in a good performance on the back of their Super 15 form."

England arrived in Christchurch last night after losing the second test 28-27 in Dunedin on Saturday evening.

Losing both tests means they have no chance to win the series and Lancaster will challenge those players in the Crusaders game to prove why they should be selected for the final match of the tour on Saturday night.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder named his side yesterday. George Whitelock will captain the side from less-familiar openside flanker position because regular No 7 Richie McCaw is with the All Blacks.

Matt Todd has been listed on the bench, having been permitted by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to play 40 minutes at the most.

England will be supporting the rebuilding of Christchurch by wearing the Canterbury Rugby Earthquake Relief Charitable Trust logo on their playing jerseys and donating 10 specially embroidered signed shirts to be auctioned off in aid of the fund.

England: Alex Goode (Saracens), Ben Foden (Northampton Saints), Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby), James Haskell (London Wasps), Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby) Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers, capt), Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks), Joe Gray (Harlequins), Alex Waller (Northampton Saints). Reserves:  David Ward (Harlequins), Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Michael Paterson (Sale Sharks), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors).