Semesa Rokoduguni
Rokodunguni will make his England debut against New Zealand. Getty Images/David Rogers

England face New Zealand in the opening QBE international series match of the autumn at Twickenham.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is at 2:30pm and is live on Sky Sports 2HD on Saturday 16 November.

Live commentary is available on BBC Radio Five Live. Highlights are on BBC Three at 7:30pm and repeated on Sunday, 9 November on BBC Two at 1pm


Less than a year out from the Rugby World Cup, England look to lay down a marker against four southern hemisphere heavyweights this autumn as Stuart Lancaster's side begin their preparation for 2015.

Lancaster's team have been handed a daunting start with the visit of world champions New Zealand, who are looking for their fourth win over England of 2014 after the summer's whitewash series victory.

England enter the autumn with a host of injury problems, with eight first-choice players ruled out for the entire campaign. While this spate of injuries reduces expectations, it will truly expose the depth of Lancaster's squad.

The headline call-up comes in the form of Fijian-born ex-soldier Semesa Rokoduguni, who after a stellar start to the season with Bath comes in on the wing for the visit of the All Blacks.

Steve Hansen's side surrendered their 22-match unbeaten run to South Africa in the rugby championship but arrive at Twickenham near full-strength and ready to flex their muscle ahead of the defence of their Wiorld Cup crown next year.

New Zealand have lost just twice since winning the World Cup on home soil and are boosted by the return from the start of Aaron Cruden after suspension. Sonny Bill Williams is also included in the starting XV but there is no place for Dan Carter, such is the All Blacks' embarrassment of riches.


England: 15. Mike Brown, 14. Semesa Rokoduguni, 13. Brad Barritt, 12. Kyle Eastmond, 11. Jonny May, 10. Owen Farrell, 9. Danny Care; 1. Joe Marler, 2. Dylan Hartley, 3. David Wilson, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Courtney Lawes, 6. Tom Wood, 7. Chris Robshaw (c), 8. Billy Vunipola

Replacements: 16. Rob Webber, 17. Matt Mullen, 18. Kieran Brookes, 19. George Kruis, 20. Ben Morgan, 21. Ben Youngs, 22. George Ford, 23. Anthony Watson,

New Zealand: 15. Israel Dagg, 14. Ben Smith, 13. Conrad Smith, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Aaron Smith; 1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Dane Coles, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Ritchie McCaw (c), 8. Kieran Read

Replacements: 16. Keven Mealamu, 17. Ben Franks, 18. Charlie Faumuina, 19. Patrick Tuipulotu, 20. Liam Messam, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. Beauden Barrett, 23. Ryan Crotty

What the coaches say

Stuart Lancaster: "Our application will have to hold up in the white-hot intensity: we'll have to correct our defensive line as quickly as possible, because the way the New Zealanders defend gives them a natural depth in attack. That's a big issue for us."

Steve Hansen: "Home base does give you an advantage, and particularly for the northern hemisphere teams. They seem to play better on their home base. They won't be as tired as they were in June. Conversely, we're probably coming to the end of our season. That makes a difference."