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)
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.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.