11 Jun 2010

Shontayne Hape to make England Test rugby debut

11:53 am on 11 June 2010

The former New Zealand rugby league international Shontayne Hape will make his Test rugby debut for England in Saturday night's clash with Australia in Perth.

Hape takes over at second five eighth from fellow New Zealander Riki Flutey, who's injured.

Hape's inclusion is one of four changes from the England team that started the final Six Nations match against France.

The ex-Warrior is the third former New Zealand rugby league international to play for England, following in the footsteps of Henry Paul and Lesley Vainikolo.

First five Jonny Wilkinson remains in the reserves with Toby Flood retaining his starting spot.