Robshaw handed Test debut
June 10, 2009
Chris Robshaw will make his England Test debut against Argentina © Getty Images
England manager Martin Johnson has made two changes to his side to face Argentina in Salta on Saturday, with Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw set to make his Test debut.
Guinness Premiership Player of the Season Robshaw replaces James Haskell on the blindside after making his first appearance in an England shirt against the Barbarians, while the other change comes in the front-row. Julian White starts in place of David Wilson, with Wilson taking a seat alongside Haskell on the bench.
Matt Banahan, a try-scorer on debut at Old Trafford last weekend, retains his place on the wing while Toulon-bound utility back Tom May also wing his second cap in the centre. Andy Goode and Danny Care are retained at half-back.
In the second-row, skipper Steve Borthwick will win his 50th cap. He starts alongside Louis Deacon of Leicester, with Steffon Armitage and Nick Easter joining Robshaw in the back-row. George Chuter replaces Steve Thompson on the replacements bench in the only other change to the 22.
"Our job is to win Test matches. You have to find the best way to win a Test match," said Borthwick. "You have your tactics going in but you must have the ability to change your approach within a game.
"We ran the ball and kicked the ball at the right times against Argentina. It was great game management from us. Everyone has their opinion, but we wanted to win that Test match and that's what we did. Our job is to get points on the board and win matches. That's what we'll try and do this Saturday.
"Look at the Six Nations - we scored more tries than anyone else. We played good rugby against France and played well in spells against Scotland. Against Argentina we won the try count 3-0 - it's not often that happens. On Saturday we showed we can play in different ways. You win Tests in any way you can."
England: Delon Armitage (London Irish), Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks), Dan Hipkiss (Leicester Tigers), Tom May (Newcastle Falcons), Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby), Andy Goode (CA Brive), Danny Care (Harlequins), Tim Payne (London Wasps), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Julian White (Leicester Tigers), Steve Borthwick (Saracens, capt), Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Steffon Armitage (London Irish), Nick Easter (Harlequins)
Replacements: George Chuter (Leicester Tigers), David Wilson (Newcastle Falcons), Ben Kay (Leicester Tigers), James Haskell (London Wasps), Paul Hodgson (London Irish), Sam Vesty (Leicester Tigers), Mathew Tait (Sale Sharks)
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