England call on Armitage
September 8, 2011
Armitage will start for England on the wing for the first time on Saturday © Getty Images
England have called upon Delon Armitage to fill the left wing berth in place of Mark Cueto for Saturday's clash with Argentina.
Armitage crossed the line in England's final warm-up Test prior to the World Cup against Ireland and he gets the nod to fill the void left by Mark Cueto. Armitage's promotion to the starting line-up is one of two changes in personnel to the side which won in Dublin, with Nick Easter, who was forced to withdraw from the game because of a calf strain, returning 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.
The front-row is Andrew Sheridan, Steve Thompson and Dan Cole with Louis Deacon and Courtney Lawes providing the grunt in the second-row engine room. The side will be guided by Jonny Wilkinson and Richard Wigglesworth at half-back with Mike Tindall and Manu Tuilagi taking the centre sports. The fit-again Ben Youngs has made the bench and is joined by Bath's Matt Banahan.
The Pumas see plenty of familiar names their side with Premiership duo Camacho and Horacio Agulla taking the wing berths with Martin Rodriguez anchoring the side at fullback. Gonzalo Tiesi and Santiago Fernandez line up in the centres while Felipe Contepomi will steer the side from half-back alongside scrum-half Nicolas Vergallo. The vastly experienced Rodrigo Roncero lines up in the front-row alongside the evergreen Mario Ledesma and the new-kid-on-the-block Juan Figallo. Patricio Albacete is in the second-row with Manuel Carizza while Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Juan Manuel Leguizamon are partnered in the back-row by Julio Farias Cabello.
England: Ben Foden: Chris Ashton, Manu Tuilagi, Mike Tindall (capt), Delon Armitage; Jonny Wilkinson, Richard Wigglesworth; Andrew Sheridan, Steve Thompson, Dan Cole; Louis Deacon, Courtney Lawes; Tom Croft, James Haskell, Nick Easter.
Replacements: Dylan Hartley, Matt Stevens, Tom Palmer, Tom Wood, Ben Youngs Toby Flood, Matt Banahan
Argentina: Martin Rodriguez; Gonzalo Camacho, Gonzalo Tiesi, Santiago Fernandez, Horacio Agulla; Felipe Contepomi (capt), Nicolas Vergallo; Rodrigo Roncero, Mario Ledesma Arocena, Juan Figallo; Manuel Carizza, Patricio Albacete; Julio Farias Cabello, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe
Replacements: Agustin Creevy, Martín Scelzo, Mariano Galarza, Alejandro Campos, Alfredo Lalanne, Marcelo Bosch, Juan Jose Imhoff
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (NZ)
Assistant referees: R Poite, S McDowell
Television Match Official: M Goddard
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
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