After missing out last weekend against the USA, Luke Narraway is restored to the England Saxons starting line up face Ireland A in this Sunday's Churchill Cup final (ko 2.30pm, local time).
The squad sees the return of Bath Rugby's Stuart Hooper, who led the Saxons to their 28-20 victory over Argentina Jaguars in their first pool match and Narraway (Gloucester Rugby) will start at No.8 in place of Tom Guest (Harlequins).
Sale Sharks' Neil Briggs and Chris Jones give way on the bench to Joe Ward (London Wasps) and Dean Schofield (Sale Sharks) respectively, who both feature for the first time this tournament after recovering from injury.
And Shane Geraghty (London Irish) has recovered from a groin strain to take his place on the bench.
Said Head Coach Stuart Lancaster:
"There have been some difficult selection decisions. I have been delighted with all the players and how they have responded and it says a tremendous amount about the character in the squad."
"For us it's a massive challenge we respect Ireland A with the quality of players and management they have over here. We have some young players and some very experienced Premiership players and our challenge has been to mould then into a team and produce performances we are proud of."
"We have had two tough games which we have leant a lot about the players and ourselves on the journey and I'm sure we will learn a lot more come Sunday. But whatever the outcome rest assured they are a committed group of players who will do their best and be proud to represent England in the final."
15 Nick Abendanon (Bath Rugby); 14 Noah Cato (Saracens), 13 Dominic Waldouck (London Wasps), 12 Brad Barritt (Saracens), 11 Tom Varndell (Leicester Tigers); 10 Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), 9 Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons); 1 David Flatman (Bath Rugby), 2 Rob Webber (London Wasps), 3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers); 4 Stuart Hooper (Bath Rugby), 5 Nick Kennedy (London Irish); 6 Phil Dowson (Newcastle Falcons, captain), 7 Ben Woods (Leicester Tigers), 8 Luke Narraway (Gloucester Rugby)
16 Tom Mercey (Saracens), 17 Joe Ward (London Wasps), 18 Dean Schofield (Sale Sharks), 19 Tom Guest (Harlequins), 20 Joe Simpson (London Wasps), 21 Danny Cipriani (London Wasps), 22 Shane Geraghty (London Irish)
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.
The Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby team travelled to Fenton Manor Complex, Stoke on Trent last Saturday to take part in the final round of the GBWR Super Series of the season, knowing just one win would be enough to crown them Division 3 Champions.