Tindall out, Flood in
6 Oct 2011
Mike Tindall will not feature in Saturday’s quarter-final against France while Jonny Wilkinson has been retained at No 10.
Wilkinson has kicked poorly in this tournament and, as seen by England’s most recent game against Scotland, has battled to bring his backline into the game. Toby Flood provided the Poms with more impetus in the second half of that clash, and also held his nerve to kick a difficult conversion.
Manager Martin Johnson has, however, kept Wilkinson in the starting side for Saturday’s ‘Le Crunch’ at Eden Park. Flood comes in at No 12 for the injured Tindall.
Johnson has made changes to his pack, bringing Nick Easter in at No 8 and Tom Palmer in at lock. Mark Cueto replaces the suspended Delon Armitage on the wing.
England – 15. Ben Foden, 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Manu Tuilagi, 12. Toby Flood, 11. Mark Cueto, 10. Jonny Wilkinson, 9. Ben Youngs, 8. Nick Easter, 7. Lewis Moody (c), 6. Tom Croft, 5. Tom Palmer, 4. Louis Deacon, 3. Dan Cole, 2. Steve Thompson, 1. Matt Stevens.
Subs: 16. Dylan Hartley, 17. Alex Corbisiero, 18. Courtney Lawes, 19. Simon Shaw, 20. James Haskell 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. Matt Banahan.