RWC latest – Tuilagi to start for Poms

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Tuilagi to start for Poms – Samoa-born centre Manu Tuilagi will make his debut in England’s World Cup warm-up game against Wales this Saturday.

Tuilagi will start alongside New Zealander Riki Flutey in midfield. South African-born Matt Stevens, who returned this year after a two-year doping ban, will win his first cap since 2008. Another South African in Mouritz Botha will play off the bench.

Danny Care replaces the injured Ben Youngs at scrumhalf, while Jonny Wilkinson is at flyhalf.

Lewis Moody will lead the England side.

England – 15 Delon Armitage; 14 Matt Banahan, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Riki Flutey, 11 Mark Cueto; 10 Jonny Wilkinson, 9 Danny Care; 8 James Haskell, 7 Lewis Moody (c), 6 Tom Croft, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Simon Shaw, 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Alex Corbisiero.
Subs: 16 Lee Mears, 17 David Wilson, 18 Mouritz Botha, 19 Tom Wood, 20 Richard Wigglesworth, 21 Charlie Hodgson, 22 Charlie Sharples.

Roberts returns for Wales – Jamie Roberts will start at No 12 against England this Saturday.

Coach Warren Gatland has also brought Shame Williams back into the side, while Rhys Priestland will win his first cap at fullback. Sam Warburton will lead the side in the absence of the injured Matthew Rees.

Gavin Henson, Gareth Delve, Adam Jones, James Hook, Lee Byrne and Leigh Halfpenny haven’t been considered because of injuries.

Wales – 15-Rhys Priestland, 14-George North, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Jamie Roberts, 11-Shane Williams, 10-Stephen Jones, 9-Mike Phillips, 8-Toby Faletau, 7-Sam Warburton (c), 6-Dan Lydiate, 5-Alun Wyn Jones, 4-Bradley Davies, 3-Craig Mitchell, 2-Huw Bennett, 1-Paul James.

Cullen leads Ireland – Lock Leo Cullen will captain Ireland this weekend in the absence of injured centre Brian O’Driscoll.

O’Driscoll has been sidelined by a combination of neck and shoulder injuries, while Gordon D’Arcy is also battling an ankle injury. Fergus McFadden and Paddy Wallace will take their places in midfield.

Fullback Rob Kearney will make his return to rugby this Saturday after an eight-month injury lay-off.

Flank Mike McCarthy and reserve back Felix Jones will make their Test debuts against Scotland.

Ireland -15 Rob Kearney; 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Fergus McFadden, 12 Paddy Wallace, 11 Luke Fitzgerald; 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Tomas O’Leary; 8 Denis Leamy, 7 Niall Ronan, 6 Mike McCarthy; 5 Leo Cullen (c) , 4 Donnacha Ryan; 3 Tony Buckley, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Tom Court.
Subs: 16 Jerry Flannery, 17 Marcus Horan, 18 John Hayes, 19 Mick O’Driscoll, 20 Kevin McLaughlin, 21 Isaac Boss, 22 Felix Jones.

France axe Huget - Yoann Huget has been dropped from the French World Cup squad for failing to adhere to anti-doping regulations.

President Pierre Camou revealed at a press conference that the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) had notified the FFR that the player had received three warnings for not alerting them of his whereabouts when they wanted to test him.

‘It is a problem with regard to the regulations, nothing to do with a banned substance,’ confirmed Camou.

The winger will now face between three and 18 months on the sideline.