Pool B latest – Tindall back for England
21 Sep 2011
Keo.co.za brings you the latest World Cup news from Pool B.
Tindall back for England – Mike Tindall is one of seven changes ahead of England’s next pool match against Romania.
This will mark Tindall’s first game since the controversial evening in Queenstown where the England centre allegedly threw a dwarf. Mark Cueto will make his first appearance of the tournament on the wing, while Jonny Wilkinson takes Toby Flood’s place at flyhalf.
In the pack, manager Martin Johnson has recalled Steve Thompson, Alex Corbisiero, Louis Deacon and Tom Croft.
England – 15. Ben Foden, 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Manu Tuilagi, 12. Mike Tindall, 11. Mark Cueto, 9. Ben Youngs, 8. James Haskell, 7. Lewis Moody (c), 6. Tom Croft, 5. Tom Palmer, 4. Louis Deacon, 3. Dan Cole, 2. Steve Thompson, 1. Alex Corbisiero.
Subs: 16. Lee Mears, 17. David Wilson, 18. Simon Shaw, 19. Tom Wood, 20. Richard Wigglesworth, 21. Toby Flood, 22. Delon Armitage.
Jackson to face Pumas – Ruaridh Jackson has been favoured ahead of Dan Parks for Scotland’s big game against Argentina on Sunday.
Coach Andy Robinson has also decided to pick Rory Lawson as his scrumhalf and captain ahead of British & Irish Lion Mike Blair.
Scotland – 15 Chris Paterson, 14. Max Evans, 13. Nick De Luca, 12. Graeme Morrison, 11. Sean Lamont, 10. Ruaridh Jackson, 9. Rory Lawson (c), 8. Kelly Brown, 7. John Barclay, 6. Ally Strokosch, 5. Jim Hamilton, 4. Richie Gray, 3. Geoff Cross, 2. Ross Ford, 1. Allan Jacobsen.
Subs: 16. Dougie Hall, 17. Alasdair Dickinson, 18. Nathan Hines, 19. Richie Vernon, 20. Mike Blair, 21. Dan Parks, 22. Simon Danielli.
Contepomi in doubt – Argentina captain Felipe Contepomi may miss Sunday’s battle with Scotland due to a rib injury.
Contepomi has been unable to train for the past 11 days since injuring his rib in the Pumas’ clash with England. He will, however, take part in a contact session on Friday wearing a special protection vest that is manufactured in New Zealand and used frequently by the All Blacks.
‘I will use this protection and see if I will be fit to play,’ he said. ‘I think I’ll get there, I dream of getting there. I imagine the game out there on the field, but I’m a realist and I know that until I put it to the test on Friday, I won’t know.
‘I have to leave my personal ambitions aside for the good of everyone, for the good of the team. I have full confidence in whoever will play in the end, because all 30 of us are prepared to play any game. That makes my decision over whether I will be able to play or not a lot easier. A team are solid when you get that feeling.’
If Contepomi doesn’t come through Friday’s session, Lucas González Amorosino will start at flyhalf.