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Three changes for Saxons

England Saxons have made three changes for Saturday's Churchill Cup final against Canada at Sixways.

Worcester pair Graham Kitchener and Miles Benjamin replace Dave Attwood and Topsy Ojo at lock and winger respectively.

The final change to the team that thumped Tonga 41-14 sees Mike Brown of Harlequins come in for Alex Goode at full-back.

Kitchener and Goode are the only two survivors in the squad from last year's final, when the Saxons beat Canada 38-18 in New Jersey.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We're aware of the threat that Canada pose. They've played well in their wins against Italy A and Russia.

"They're a fit, well-coached and organised side who have spent a considerable amount of time together over the last few years.

"They will fight for the full 80 minutes so we've got a big challenge ahead of us to retain the trophy."

England Saxons: M Brown (Harlequins), C Sharples (Gloucester), H Trinder (Gloucester), B Twelvetrees (Leicester), M Benjamin (Worcester), R Clegg (Harlequins), P Hodgson (London Irish); M Mullan (Worcester), D Paice (London Irish), M Stevens (Saracens), M Botha (Saracens), G Kitchener (Worcester), J Gaskell (Sale), T Johnson (Exeter), J Crane (Leicester, capt)

Replacements: J Gray (Harlequins), N Catt (Bath), J Gibson (London Irish), C Fearns (Sale), M Young (Newcastle), A Goode (Saracens), T Ojo (London Irish).


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