Phil Dowson will captain England in Sunday's non-cap international against the Barbarians at Twickenham.
The Northampton number eight takes over the reins from Test skipper Chris Robshaw, who leads Harlequins against Leicester in the Aviva Premiership final the previous day.
Dowson has been a senior figure in Stuart Lancaster's England squad, even after losing his place in the starting side to Ben Morgan during the RBS 6 Nations.
With Morgan recovering from a hamstring injury, Dowson will start against a star-studded Barbarians side and he has been chosen as captain ahead of his club skipper Dylan Hartley.
"Phil is one of the key members of out leadership group. He will captain the team on Sunday," said England forwards coach Graham Rowntree.