Toby Flood at center for England

5 02 2010

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Riki Flutey has withdrawn from the English team to face Wales tomorrow at Twickenham with a thigh injury. The Leicester Tigers back will play at inside-centre and join Mathew Tait in a new midfield partnership

The case for putting Johnny Wilkinson at 12 and moving Flood to 10 is a strong one,  Johnny is far superior defensively and I think that the physicality of Jamie Roberts in particular could cause all sorts of problems for the English midfield:

Flood 92kg & Tait 90kg vs Roberts 106kg & James Hook 94Kg.

Earlier in the week this is what Flood had to say about his Welsh opponents: “Wales are one of the best teams in the tournament; they have some very strong players, look at how many Lions they have. In my area, Jamie Roberts and James Hook are dangerous players.”

England: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Mark Cueto, 13 Mathew Tait, 12 Toby Flood, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Jonny Wilkinson, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Lewis Moody, 6 James Haskell, 5 Steve Borthwick (c), 4 Simon Shaw, 3 David Wilson, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Tim Payne.
Replacements: 16 Steve Thompson, 17 Dan Cole, 18 Louis Deacon, 19 Steffon Armitage, 20 Paul Hodgson, 21 Shontayne Hape, 22 Ben Foden.

Wales: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Tom James, 13 James Hook, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Gareth Cooper, 8 Ryan Jones (c), 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Andy Powell, 5 Luke Charteris, 4 Alun-Wyn Jones, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Gareth Williams, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Huw Bennett, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Bradley Davies, 19 Jonathan Thomas, 20 Richie Rees, 21 Andrew Bishop, 22 Leigh Halfpenny.




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