Six Nations latest – Banahan in for Tindall

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Banahan in for Tindall – Matt Banahan will replace Mike Tindall for England’s Grand Slam decider against Ireland.

Banahan will slot in at centre in Tindall’s injury-enforced absence while Nick Easter has been named England skipper. Martin Johnson has made no other changes to the starting side that fronted Scotland, but David Strettle joins the reserves bench.

England – 15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Matt Banahan, 12 Shontayne Hape, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Nick Easter (c), 7 James Haskell, 6 Tom Wood, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Louis Deacon, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Alex Corbisiero.
Subs: 16 Steve Thompson, 17 Paul Doran-Jones, 18 Simon Shaw, 19 Tom Croft, 20 Danny Care, 21 Jonny Wilkinson, 22 David Strettle.

O’Gara dropped – Jonny Sexton has been favoured at flyhalf ahead of Ronan O’Gara for Ireland’s final Six Nations match against England.

The other change sees fullback Luke Fitzgerald replaced by Keith Earls, while Andrew Trimble takes Earls’s place on the wing.

Ireland - 15 Keith Earls, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O’Driscoll (c), 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 David Wallace, 6 Sean O’Brien, 5 Paul O’Connell, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.
Subs: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Tom Court, 18 Leo Cullen, 19 Denis Leamy, 20 Peter Stringer, 21 Ronan O’Gara, 22 Paddy Wallace.