Robinson: "Selection for the team to play Wales was very close indeed, with several players close to making the starting XV. Obviously injuries were also a factor in the selection process but I'm confident this is a strong team to face Wales on Saturday.
"I've never been afraid to select young talented players if I feel they are ready and Mathew Tait has demonstrated to me he has the form and speed to earn his place in the starting XV. I congratulate him on earning his first England cap. He will be playing alongside his clubmate Jamie Noon, which is something he will be familiar with.
"Selecting the scrum half position was a close call, however I have decided to start Matt Dawson who has shown great form for his club and can offer tremendous experience, with Harry Ellis on the bench. Andy Hazell impressed me during the Autumn Internationals at Twickenham and I feel he fully earns his place in the back row."