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Rugby England prop Fin Baxter makes first Test start against All Blacks

England manager Steve Borthwick has made one change to his team due to injury for the second and final Test match of the series against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

Prop Fin Baxter began his Test career by coming on as a substitute following Joe Marler’s injury in last week’s 16-15 defeat to the All Blacks in Dunedin and was given the No. 1 jersey for Saturday’s match after the veteran player was unable to play due to a foot problem.

Alongside Bevan Rodd, who has been included as Baxter’s backup, is Dan Coles on the bench. Coles will be making his 115th international appearance and will surpass Jason Leonard to become the second most capped English player after Ben Youngs (127).

“Dan has shown nothing but dedication and determination throughout his career, and reaching this milestone is an extraordinary achievement,” Borthwick said in a press release.

“He is a superb rugby player, a fantastic role model and we are all looking forward to spending an unforgettable day with him on Saturday.”

Ben Earl, Sam Underhill and New Zealand-born Chandler Cunningham-South will revive the back row that was so effective last week in an unchanged pack.

Despite missing three shots on target in Dunedin, Marcus Smith was once again deployed at fly-half, while Henry Slade, who provided Borthwick with an alternative striking option, played in midfield.

New Zealand have an unbeaten record at Eden Park stretching back to 50 Tests since 1994.

“Eden Park is a stadium steeped in history and memories of great rugby matches,” Borthwick said.

“We are delighted to be playing there on Saturday, I think it will be another great test match.”

England: George Furbank, Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, Henry Slade, Ollie Lawrence, Tommy Freeman, Marcus Smith, Alex Mitchell, Ben Earl, Sam Underhill, Chandler Cunningham-South, George Martin, Maro Itoje, Will Stuart, Jamie George (captain), Fin Baxter.

Backups: Theo Dan, Bevan Rodd, Dan Cole, Alex Coles, Tom Curry, Ben Spencer, Fin Smith, Ollie Sleightholme.