Hook is back
11 Mar 2008
James Hook has returned as flyhalf for Wales’ Grand Slam decider against France on Saturday.
Hook replaces Stephen Jones, while the only other change sees Huw Bennett return at hooker for Matthew Rees. If Wales win it will be their first Grand Slam since 2005, while they can still win the 6 Nations Championship even if they lose by 19 points or less.
Wales – 15 Lee Byrne (Ospreys),14 Mark Jones (Llanelli Scarlets), 13 Tom Shanklin (Cardiff Blues), 12 Gavin Henson (Ospreys), 11 Shane Williams (Ospreys), 10 James Hook (Ospreys), 9 Mike Phillips (Ospreys), 8 Ryan Jones (Ospreys, capt), 7 Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues), 6 Jonathan Thomas (Ospreys),5 Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), 4 Ian Gough (Ospreys),3 Adam Jones (Ospreys) 2 Huw Bennett (Ospreys),1 Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues).
Subs: 16 Matthew Rees (Llanelli Scarlets), 17 Duncan Jones (Ospreys),18 Ian Evans (Ospreys), 19 Gareth Delve (Gloucester), 20 Dwayne Peel (Llanelli Scarlets), 21 Stephen Jones (Llanelli Scarlets), 22 Sonny Parker (Ospreys).
O’Gara leads Irish
Ronan O’Gara will captain Ireland for the first time in their clash against England at Twickenham.
O’Gara takes over from the injured Brian O’Driscoll, while Geordan Murphy will return at fullback if he passes a fitness test.
Ireland – 15 Murphy, 14 Bowe, 13 Horgan, 12 Trimble, 11 Kearney; 10 O’Gara (capt), 9 Reddan, 8 Heaslip, 7 D Wallace, 6 Leamy, 5 O’Connell, 4 O’Callaghan, 3 Hayes, 2 Best, 1 Horan.
Subs: 16 Jackman, 17 Buckley, 18 M O’Driscoll, 19 Easterby, 20 Stringer, 21 P Wallace, 22 Fitzgerald.
Scots change two
Scottish wing Simon Danielli will make his first start in three years in their wooden spoon match against Italy in Rome.
Danielli and hooker Fergus Thomson replace the injured duo of Rory Lamont and Ross Ford respectively.
Scotland: 15 Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh), 14 Simon Danielli (Ulster), 13 Simon Webster (Edinburgh), 12 Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), 11 Nikki Walker (Ospreys), 10 Chris Paterson (Gloucester), 9 Mike Blair (Edinburgh, capt), 8 Simon Taylor (Stade Francais), 7 Allister Hogg (Edinburgh), 6 Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester), 5 Scott MacLeod (Llanelli Scarlets),Â 4 Nathan Hines (Perpignan), 3 Euan Murray (Northampton Saints), 2 Fergus Thomson (Glasgow Warriors),1 Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh).
Subs: 16 Scott Lawson (Sale Sharks), 17 Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), 18 Craig Smith (Edinburgh), 19 Jason White (Sale Sharks), 20 Kelly Brown (Glasgow Warriors), 21 Rory Lawson (Gloucester), 22 Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors)