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Howley set to win fitness battle
Cardiff
March 1, 2000

Welsh scrumhalf and former captain Rob Howley looks set to win his fitness battle to face England at Twickenham on Saturday in the Six Nations championship.

But replacement flanker Geraint Lewis has been ruled out of the game.

A calf strain suffered in training forced Wales to call up veteran Rupert Moon as cover for Howley on Tuesday. But the Cardiff scrumhalf took a full part in Wednesday's training session and is expected to play.

The 32-year-old Moon will remain with the squad throughout the build-up to the game and will travel to Twickenham.

Pontypridd flanker Lewis, who made his first start in the Six Nations against Italy two weeks ago, has been taken off the replacements bench because of concern over an injured hamstring.

Lewis strained the leg muscle in the first half of the 47-16 triumph over the Italians at the Millennium Stadium on February 19. Cardiff's Martyn Williams takes over on the bench.

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