Scotland v England, Six Nations, March 13
Worsley recalled for Calcutta Cup clash
March 9, 2010
Joe Worsley starts for England © Getty Images
England manager Martin Johnson has dropped Lewis Moody for their vital Six Nations showdown with Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday, recalling Wasps flanker Joe Worsley to the starting XV.
Worsley slots into the back-row alongside James Haskell and Nick Easter at openside, a position that he filled during last season's Six Nations. Also in the pack, Louis Deacon has been preferred to Courtney Lawes as a replacement for the injured Simon Shaw in the second-row, the young Northampton powerhouse making do with a place on the bench.
He is joined there by team-mate Ben Foden as London Irish fullback Delon Armitage has recovered from the rib injury he sustained against Ireland in the last round to start.
The backline remains unchanged from England's only tournament defeat, with Jonny Wilkinson again leading the line at fly-half. Riki Flutey and Mathew Tait are retained in the centre while Mark Cueto and Ugo Monye will again provide the firepower out wide.
Toby Flood has been named on the bench despite suffering a head knock while on duty with Leicester at the weekend, and is joined among the replacements by uncapped team-mate Ben Youngs, who has displaced Paul Hodgson as scrum-half cover.
England: D Armitage (London Irish); M Cueto (Sale), M Tait (Sale), R Flutey (Brive), U Monye (Harlequins); J Wilkinson (Toulon), D Care (Harlequins); T Payne (Wasps), D Hartley (Northampton), D Cole (Leicester); L Deacon (Leicester), S Borthwick (Saracens, captain); J Haskell (Stade Francais), J Worsley (Wasps), N Easter (Harlequins).
Replacements: S Thompson (Brive), D Wilson (Bath), C Lawes (Northampton), L Moody (Leicester), B Youngs (Leicester), T Flood (Leicester), B Foden (Northampton)
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