Six Nations

Tindall returns to face Wales

2009-02-10 14:50
Back in England team (Gallo Images)

London - World Cup winner Mike Tindall was recalled to the England team announced on Tuesday to play defending champions Wales in their Six Nations international at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Saturday.

The Gloucester centre was due to play in the side that beat Italy 36-11 in their tournament opener at Twickenham last weekend but injured his back lifting weights on the eve of the match.

Tindall was one of two changes to the starting line-up made by manager Martin Johnson. The other was in the pack where back-row Steffon Armitage, who made his debut against the Azzurri, dropped out of the 22 entirely.

His place was taken by the experienced Joe Worsley who came on for him at Twickenham last Saturday.

Johnson, England's 2003 Word Cup winning captain, made three changes to his bench.

Luke Narraway took Worsley's place among the replacements while scrumhalf Paul Hodgson came in for utility back Ben Foden, who made his debut off the bench against Italy.

Fit again outside-half Toby Flood, who was in line to play against Italy until a calf problem ruled him out, took over from Shane Geraghty. Against Italy, Geraghty was sin-binned for a late tackle minutes after coming on as a replacement.

Wales, the grand slam champions, began the defence of their title with a 26-13 win away to Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday. Warren Gatland, their coach, was also due to name his team on Tuesday, but injuries to several key players have led the New Zealander to delay his announcement until Thursday.

England:

Delon Armitage, Paul Sackey, Mike Tindall, Riki Flutey, Mark Cueto, Andy Goode, Harry Ellis, Nick Easter, Joe Worsley, James Haskell; Nick Kennedy, Steve Borthwick (captain), Phil Vickery, Lee Mears, Andrew Sheridan

Replacements: Dylan Hartley, Julian White, Tom Croft, Luke Narraway, Paul Hodgson, Toby Flood, Mathew Tait

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