Haskell, Waldrom to lend England bite
21 Jun 2012
Loose forwards James Haskell and Thomas Waldrom will start for England in the third Test against South Africa.
The tour-ending injury to captain Chris Robshaw sees Haskell coming into the team at openside flank. Waldrom, who made such a big impact in the second half of last week’s Test, is preferred to Ben Morgan at No 8.
Coach Stuart Lancaster has made further changes to his starting pack, with loosehead prop Alex Corbisiero and Tom Palmer set to feature prominently at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. South African-born Mouritz Botha is dropped to the bench.
Brad Barritt returns to the match 22 after missing the second Test with an eye injury, although Lancaster has retained the Manu Tuliagi-Jonathan Joseph centre pairing to start. Ben Foden replaces David Strettle on the wing and Alex Goode gets his first start for England at fullback.
After missing the entire Six Nations because of disciplinary problems, scrumhalf Danny Care gets his first start in 2012. First-choice scrumhalf Ben Youngs was not available due to injury.
‘Danny Care has bided his time in a very competitive position, knuckled down and deserves his chance, as has James Haskell, who has played this season for the Highlanders at No 7,’ said Lancaster.
‘We felt that the pack got some momentum in the second half last week so we have gone for Alex and Tom but I am sure Joe Marler and Mo Botha can make an impact from the bench.’
Hooker Dylan Hartley will captain the side in Robshaw’s absence.
England – 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Ben Foden, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Danny Care, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 James Haskell, 6 Tom Johnson, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Alex Corbisiero.
Subs: 16 Lee Mears, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Mouritz Botha, 19 Phil Dowson, 20 Lee Dickson, 21 Owen Farrell, 22 Brad Barritt.