Chris Ashton makes his first England start for four years as one of three changes for Saturday's long-awaited clash with New Zealand at Twickenham.

Ashton lines-up on the right wing in place of Jack Nowell after impressing during his 15-minute spell as a substitute in the 12-11 victory over South Africa that opened the November Internationals.

The 31-year-old has amassed 40 caps in an international career interrupted by suspension, falling out of favour with successive England coaches and a season-long spell in Toulon.

He last started in the white jersey against the All Blacks in June 2014.

Nowell drops to the bench but boss Eddie Jones has decided to be cautious with Manu Tuilagi despite his apparent recovery from the groin strain that ruled him out against the Springboks.

"It's more of an order change," Jones said of Ashton's inclusion.

"Jack played exceptionally well for us last week but when you're playing against New Zealand the 80 minutes are important.

"Jack has got an incredible work rate so we feel he'll be enormously valuable for us in the last 20 minutes.

"Chris can sniff a try from anywhere. To beat New Zealand you have got to score tries. He's in good form and has looked sharp, so we've given him the nod to start."

The two other changes see Ben Moon come in for Alec Hepburn at loose-head prop and Sam Underhill replaces Tom Curry, who has been ruled out of the remainder of the autumn by an ankle injury.

Courtney Lawes returns to the bench after overcoming a lower back problem, forcing Zach Mercer out of the matchday 23.

Owen Farrell co-captains the team alongside Dylan Hartley and needs only one more point to reach 700 for England.

England face New Zealand for the first time in four years and have been installed as heavy underdogs against the world champions.

"The expectation for Saturday is no different to any other Test match," Jones said.

We want to be at our best, better than we were in the previous Test match and we want to play with pride and passion which ignites the fan.

"It's been a good week, the players have recovered well, trained well on Tuesday, exceptionally well on Wednesday and we look forward to the challenge of taking on New Zealand on Saturday."

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has also named his team, with an eye injury ruling out prop Joe Moody.

New Zealand: Damian McKenzie, Ben Smith, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (captain), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Karl Tu'inukuafe

Replacements: Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Richie Mo'unga, Ryan Crotty