England today named their team for Saturday's 1st Test in the Steinlager Series against New Zealand at Eden Park. Freddie Burns, Jonny May and Ben Morgan all start.
British and Irish Lions Geoff Parling and Manusamoa Tuilagi are included while there is a return for London Wasps flanker James Haskell after a 12-month absence.
Seven players that started against Italy in the RBS 6 Nations are included in the XV - captain Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown, Danny Care, Joe Launchbury, Jonny May, Ben Morgan and David Wilson.
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said:
"We've had a good week's training in Auckland and have prepared well and are ready for the massive challenge ahead. It doesn't get much bigger than playing New Zealand at Eden Park where they haven't lost in 20 years but those selected know what they have to do.
"Billy Twelvetrees is recovering well from his ankle injury and should be available for the 2nd Test and it's now a good opportunity for Kyle Eastmond to build on what he achieved in Argentina last summer.
"It's great to welcome back Geoff Parling and James Haskell who have a lot of experience and equally it's a fantastic opportunity for Joe Gray and Chris Pennell, who have really impressed in training, should they come off the bench for their first caps.
"We've had lots of messages of support and I am sure the players will be giving their all at the start of this three Test series."
England (v New Zealand, 1st Test, Steinlager Series, Eden Park, Saturday, June 7, 7.35pm NZST/8.35am BST)
15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 26 caps)
14 Marland Yarde (London Irish, 2 caps)
13 Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 22 caps)
12 Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby, 2 caps)
11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 6 caps)
10 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, 3 caps)
9 Danny Care (Harlequins, 47 caps)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 19 caps)
2 Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 5 caps)
3 David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 34 caps)
4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 19 caps)
5 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 19 caps)
6 James Haskell (London Wasps, 50 caps)
7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 25 caps)
8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 20 caps)
16 Joe Gray (Harlequins, uncapped)
17 Matt Mullan (London Wasps, 3 caps)
18 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks, 6 caps)
19 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)
20 Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)
21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 35 caps)
22 Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks, 7 caps)
23 Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors, uncapped)
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action on Friday evening after two rounds of European fixtures. A testing trip to Northampton lies in wait, a tough challenge, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants to see his side continue their development of recent weeks.
GRTV travelled to Sixways on Wednesday morning, for the Urban Rugby Squad Festival, where the Gloucester Urban Rugby Squad met other Premiership teams. Young players from Cinderford Fire Cadets and MY:UK, Gloucester made up the Cherry and White squad.
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Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.