Two Wasps forwards in matchday squad

Launchbury picked for final All Blacks Test

Launchbury picked for final All Blacks Test

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WASPS forward Joe Launchbury will start for England in the third and final Test against New Zealand in Hamilton tomorrow.

The 23-year-old lock will scrum-down alongside Northampton Saints star Courtney Lawes, after Geoff Parling was forced to pull out because of injury.

Launchbury and Lawes built a good partnership during the Six Nations this year and they will hope to continue their form against the All Blacks tomorrow.

Wasps prop Matt Mullan has also been picked for the final Test, and will offer cover for the England front-row from the bench.

However, James Haskell misses out on a place in the matchday squad despite catching the eye in England’s 38-7 victory over the Crusaders in midweek.

Three former Wasps stars will also be involved in tomorrow’s clash.

Billy Vunipola has been selected to start at Number 8, while hooker Rob Webber and fly-half Danny Cipriani could be called upon from the bench.

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