England and Scotland set for Calcutta Cup tie
March 18, 2009
Joe Worsley, a try-scorer against France, has been passed fit to face Scotland © Getty Images
England manager Martin Johnson has made no changes to his side to face Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday. Both Joe Worsley and Toby Flood have been passed fit to start, with Tom Rees and Olly Barkley not making the squad after their late call-ups.
England will be looking to put down a further marker against Scotland after showing some resurgent form in thrashing France 34-10 at Twickenham last weekend. Flood continues at fly-half despite injuring his shoulder while attempting to score against France, with his Leicester team-mate Harry Ellis taking the No.9 shirt. Riki Flutey and Mike Tindall continue their maturing centre partnership.
Delon Armitage, this week nominated as one of the players of the tournament, continues at fullback with Ugo Monye and Mark Cueto on the wings.
In the pack, Nick Kennedy again misses out on a starting slot with Simon Shaw retaining his place in the second-row, while Worsley's cut hand was not severe enough to rule him out of contention on the openside.
Scotland skipper Mike Blair has recovered from a back injury and has been named in the side to face England at Twickenham on Saturday. Edinburgh scrum-half Blair picked up the injury during last weekend's loss to Ireland but has recovered in time to help his side defend the Calcutta Cup.
The Scotland side shows only one change from last time out, with Northampton flanker Scott Gray slotting in on the openside in place of John Barclay, who drops out of the 22. Barclay is replaced in the squad by Glasgow's Kelly Brown. Gray will make his first Test start since winning his first cap four-and-a-half years ago.
The Evans brothers, Max and Thom, continue in the backs, while Ulster's Simon Danielli also retains his place after several impressive performances in recent weeks. Chris Paterson also remains in the side at fullback after kicking all of Scotland's points during the loss to Ireland.
England: D Armitage (London Irish); U Monye (Harlequins), M Tindall (Gloucester), R Flutey (Wasps), M Cueto (Sale Sharks); T Flood (Leicester), H Ellis (Leicester); A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), L Mears (Bath), P Vickery (Wasps), S Borthwick (Saracens, capt), S Shaw (Wasps), T Croft (Leicester), J Worsley (Wasps), N Easter (Harlequins).
Replacements: D Hartley (Northampton), J White (Leicester), J Haskell (Wasps), N Kennedy (London Irish), D Care (Harlequins), A Goode (Brive), M Tait (Sale Sharks)
Scotland: C Paterson (Edinburgh); S Danielli (Ulster), M Evans (Glasgow), G Morrison (Glasgow), T Evans (Glasgow); P Godman (Edinburgh), M Blair (Edinburgh, capt); A Dickinson (Gloucester), R Ford (Edinburgh), E Murray (Northampton), J White (Sale), J Hamilton (Edinburgh), A Strokosch (Gloucester), S Gray (Northampton), S Taylor (Stade Francais)
Replacements: D Hall (Glasgow), M Low (Glasgow), N Hines (Perpignan), K Brown (Glasgow), C Cusiter (Perpignan), N De Luca (Edinburgh), H Southwell (Edinburgh)
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