Poms don’t panic

Prop Perry Freshwater is the only change to the England side for their Test against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday.

The Perpignan forward replaces Andrew Sheridan who has failed to recover from a back injury sustained in the 41-20 defeat against the All Blacks.

England will be looking to arrest a poor run of form which has seen them lose their last six Test matches.

Head coach andy Robinson said the decision to include the New Zealand-born Freshwater was motivated by his expectation of a forward onslaught by the South Americans.

“Argentina play the game in a unique way – they love to maul and with the close-quarter ruck and drive they are probably the best in the world,” Robinson told BBC Sport.

“We need to match that challenge and in the scrum, and with Perry performing well for Perpignan it was an easy call to make.”

Thirty-three-year-old Freshwater echoed his coaches sentiments. “They like to hit, hit hard and keep going, he said. “There’s no secret to it and we have to stand up to that.”

Pre-Test speculation suggested inside-centre Anthony Allen might lose his place to Ben Johnson after an indifferent showing at Twickenham, as would one of Paul Sackey or Ben Cohen in light of Josh Lewsey’s return from injury.

Johnson has not made the matchday 22 while Lewsey has to be content with a seat on the wood as Robinson kept faith in his charges.

“Apart from a six-minute spell we were pleased with the way we approached the game,” he said.

“The way we played in the second half we are just saying to everyone ‘you deserve another chance and deserve to play against Argentina’.”

England side to face Argentina:

15. Balshaw (Gloucester), 14. Sackey (Wasps), 13. Noon (Newcastle), 12. Allen (Gloucester), 11. Cohen (Northampton), 10. Hodgson (Sale Sharks), 9. Perry (Bristol), 8. Sanderson (Worcester), 7. Corry (Leicester, capt), 6. Moody (Leicester); 5. Grewcock (Bath), 4. Kay (Leicester), 3. Freshwater (Perpignan), 2. Chuter (Leicester), 1. White (Leicester) Replacements: 16. Mears (Bath), 17. Turner (Sale), 18. Palmer (Wasps), 19. Lund (Sale), 20. Richards (Gloucester), 21. Flood (Newcastle), 22. Lewsey (Wasps).