Jonny’s shock test selection
29 Jan 2007
Brian Ashton has picked Jonny Wilkinson to play test rugby after a 43 minute cameo at the weekend.
England plays Scotland in the opening round of the Six Nations and Wilkinson will start a test for England for the first time since the 2003 World Cup final. He is joined by fellow World Cup winners Jason Robinson, who has been lured out of international retirement, and Mike Tindall.
Former league legend Andy Farrell, who is in his first year as a rugby union player and was ordinary in the World XV’s defeat against the Springboks, plays at inside centre. The only backline player to survive from the team beaten by the Boks is Josh Lewsey, who shifts from fullback to wing.
In the pack Martin Corry, axed as captain, retains his position as No 8. Much of the pack is the same that the Boks handled with ease.
Ashton took over from Andy Robinson after the Poms won just one of their four Autumn internationals.
England (to play Scotland): 15 Iain Balshaw (Gloucester), 14 Josh Lewsey (Wasps), 13 Mike Tindall (Gloucester), 12 Andy Farrell (Saracens), 11 Jason Robinson (Sale Sharks), 10 Jonny Wilkinson (Newcastle), 9 Harry Ellis (Leicester), 8 Martin Corry (Leicester), 7 Magnus Lund (Sale Sharks), 6 Joe Worsley (Wasps), 5 Danny Grewcock (Bath), 4 Louis Deacon (Leicester), 3 Phil Vickery (Wasps, c), 2 George Chuter (Leicester), 1 Perry Freshwater (Perpignan). Subs: 16 Lee Mears (Bath), 17 Julian White (Leicester), 18 Tom Palmer (Wasps), 19 Lewis Moody (Leicester), 20 Peter Richards (Gloucester), 21 Toby Flood (Newcastle), 22 Mathew Tait (Newcastle).