Unchanged England face Azzurri
February 10, 2011
Toby Flood continues at fly-half for England © Getty Images
England manager Martin Johnson has kept faith with the side that saw off Wales last Friday for this weekend's Six Nations clash against Italy at Twickenham.
Johnson's men got their campaign underway with a 26-19 victory at the Millennium Stadium in round one, with winger Chris Ashton bagging a brace and fly-half Toby Flood turning in an immaculate all-round performance.
Northampton flanker Tom Wood continues at blindside after winning his first cap in round one, while Stade Francais' James Haskell is retained in the No.7 jersey despite the return to action of Leeds openside Hendre Fourie, who is named on the bench.
Mike Tindall continues as captain in the injury-enforced absence of Lewis Moody, who is targeting a return to action for the France game on February 26.
Italy coach Nick Mallett has made four changes to his side. Brive fly-half Luciano Orquera is handed the No.10 shirt in favour of Kris Burton while Fabio Semenzato is handed a Test debut at scrum-half. Pablo Canavosio, who stepped in for Edoardo Gori at No.9 when he was injured during last weekend's opening defeat to Ireland, starts on the bench once again due to a lack of match fitness.
Elsewhere, Valerio Bernabo comes in at blindside flanker for the injured Josh Sole while South African-born lock Carlo Del Fava gets the nod in favour of Santiago Dellape.
England: B Foden (Northampton Saints); C Ashton (Northampton Saints), M Tindall (Gloucester, capt), S Hape (Bath), M Cueto (Sale Sharks); T Flood (Leicester Tigers), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers); A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), D Hartley (Northampton Saints), D Cole (Leicester Tigers), L Deacon (Leicester Tigers), T Palmer (Stade Francais), T Wood (Northampton Saints), J Haskell (Stade Francais), N Easter (Harlequins).
Replacements: S Thompson (Leeds Carnegie), D Wilson (Bath), S Shaw (Wasps), H Fourie (Leeds), D Care (Harlequins), J Wilkinson (Toulon), M Banahan (Bath)
Italy: L McLean (Benetton Treviso); A Masi (Racing Metro), G Canale (Clermont Auvergne), A Sgarbi (Benetton Treviso), M Bergamasco (Racing Metro); L Orquera (Brive), F Semenzato (Treviso); S Perugini (Aironi), L Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso), M Castrogiovanni (Leicester Tigers), C del Fava (Aironi), Q Geldenhuys (Aironi), V Bernabo (Benetton Treviso), A Zanni (Benetton Treviso), S Parisse (Stade Francais, capt)
Replacements: F Ongaro (Aironi), A Lo Cicero (Racing Metro), S Dellape' (Racing Metro),R Barbieri (Benetton Treviso), P Canavosio (Aironi), K Burton (Benetton Treviso) G Garcia (Benetton Treviso)
Referee: Craig Joubert (RSA)
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