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Armitage in for injured Cueto - Delon Armitage was named on the wing for England’s opener against Argentina in place of Mark Cueto.
A back injury ruled the experienced winger out of action. ‘Mark’s had a little bit [of back trouble] before but he could have played,’ England coach Martin Johnson said. ‘There’s a grey area between fit and injured in where most players sit all of the time. He trained fully all week but he’s not quite where he needs to be – but the good things for us is Delon is playing very well.
‘It’s quite a simple decision. Delon been around for a few years now, we know when he is in form he is a Test match player. We’ve no qualms about picking him in any of the back three positions.’
In other changes to the side that beat Ireland in the final warm-up match two weeks ago Nick Easter, who was forced to withdraw from the game because of a calf strain, returns to the back-row in place of Hendre Fourie. Easter’s inclusion sees James Haskell switch to openside flanker in the continued absence of captain Lewis Moody, who is still struggling with a nagging knee injury.
On the bench fit-again Ben Youngs, who missed all of England’s warm-up games after being forced to undergo knee surgery, is preferred to Joe Simpson as cover for scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth, while Tom Wood gets the nod ahead of Simon Shaw.
England - 15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Mike Tindall (c), 11 Delon Armitage, 10 Jonny Wilkinson, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Nick Easter, 7 James Haskell, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Louis Deacon, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Steve Thompson, 1 Andrew Sheridan.
Subs: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 Matt Stevens, 18 Tom Palmer, 19 Tom Wood, 20 Ben Youngs, 21 Toby Flood, 22 Matt Banahan.
Scots at full strength – Scotland have made eight changes from their last warm-up match for their clash with Romania in Invercargill.
The front row from that match against Italy has been completely replaced and Richie Gray comes back in place of Nathan Hines in the second row. In the backs, only scrum half Mike Blair and wings Simon Danielli and Max Evans are retained.
Four players from the starting XV in Scotland’s final match of Rugby World Cup 2007, the 19-13 quarter-final defeat by Argentina, will start again on Saturday. Hooker Ross Ford, scrum half Mike Blair, left wing Simon Danielli and right wing Max Evans make up that quartet.
Scotland’s record cap holder Chris Paterson wins his 106th cap. Paterson, and becomes the first Scot to play at four Rugby World Cups.
Scotland - 15. Chris Paterson, 14. Max Evans, 13. Joe Ansbro, 12. Sean Lamont, 11. Simon Danielli, 10. Ruaridh Jackson, 9. Mike Blair, 8. Richie Vernon, 7. John Barclay, 6. Kelly Brown, 5. Alastair Kellock (c), 4. Richie Gray, 3. Geoff Cross, 2. Ross Ford, 1. Allan Jacobsen.
Subs: 16. Scott Lawson, 17. Alasdair Dickinson, 18. Nathan Hines, 19. Ross Rennie, 20. Chris Cusiter, 21. Dan Parks, 22. Rory Lamont
Experienced Romanian unit to front Scots - Romania have named eight players who started their last World Cup match for their opener against Scotland.
Scrum half Lucian Sirbu equals the record of being present at four Rugby World Cups for Romania. He was called up in 1999 competition but didn’t play a match, making his debut in Australia in 2003. Since then, he has played in all of Romania’s matches in the competition.
Romania - 15. Iulian Dumitras, 14. Stefan Eugen Ciuntu, 13. Csaba Minya Gal, 12. Tiberius Ionut Dimofte, 11. Madalin Vlad Lemnaru, 10. Marin Danut Dumbrava, 9. Lucian Mihai Sirbu, 8. Daniel Carpo, 7. Ovidiu Tonita, 6. Mihai Maco