Autumn Internationals: England Teams for 1st Test since 2002

Shontayne Hape

Enjoy a trip down memory lane and look back at England’s teams for the first match of the Autumn Internationals since 2002.

I’ve gone back to 2002, the year in which England beat all the big Southern Hemisphere teams on their way to winning the World Cup the following year, and it’s interesting to see how settled that team was a year out.

Which names catch your eye amongst this great list of lineups?

England v Argentina 2017
15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Henry Slade, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Dylan Hartley, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Courtney Lawes, 5 George Kruis, 6 Chris Robshaw, 7 Sam Underhill, 8 Nathan Hughes

16 Jamie George, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Danny Care, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Semesa Rokoduguni

England v South Africa 2016
15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Dylan Hartley, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Courtney Lawes, 6 Chris Robshaw, 7 Tom Wood, 8 Billy Vunipola

16 Jamie George, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Dave Atwood, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Danny Care, 22 Ben Te’o, 23 Jonathan Joseph

England v New Zealand 2014
15 Mike Brown, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Brad Barritt, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Danny Care, 1 Joe Marler, 2 Dylan Hartley, 3 David Wilson, 4 Dave Attwood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 6 Tom Wood, 7 Chris Robshaw, 8 Billy Vunipola

16 Rob Webber, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 George Kruis, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 George Ford, 23 Anthony Watson

England v Australia 2013
15. Mike Brown, 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Joel Tomkins, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Marland Yarde, 10. Owen Farrell, 9. Lee Dickson, 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Tom Youngs, 3. Dan Cole, 4. Joe Launchbury, 5. Courtney Lawes, 6. Tom Wood, 7. Chris Robshaw, 8. Billy Vunipola

16. Dylan Hartley, 17. Joe Marler, 18. David Wilson, 19. Dave Attwood, 20. Ben Morgan, 21. Ben Youngs, 22. Toby Flood, 23. Ben Foden

England v Fiji 2012
15. Alex Goode, 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Manu Tuilagi, 12. Brad Barritt, 11. Ugo Monye, 10. Toby Flood, 9. Danny Care, 1. Joe Marler, 2. Tom Youngs, 3. Dan Cole, 4. Geoff Parling, 5. Tom Palmer, 6. Tom Johnson, 7. Chris Robshaw, 8. Thomas Waldron

16. David Paice, 17. Dave Wilso, 18. Mako Vunipola, 19. Joe Launchbury, 20. Tom Woo, 21. Ben Youngs, 22. Owen Farrell, 23. Mike Brown

England v New Zealand 2010
15. Ben Foden, 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Mike Tindall, 12 Shontayne Hape, 11. Mark Cueto, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 1. Andrew Sheridan, 2. Steve Thompson, 3. Dan Cole, 4. Courtney Lawes, 5. Tom Palmer, 6. Tom Croft, 7. Lewis Moody, 8. Nick Easter.

16. Dylan Hartley, 17. David Wilson, 18. Dave Attwood, 19. Handre Fourie, 20. Danny Care, 21. Charlie Hodgson, 22. Delon Armitage

England v Australia 2009
15. Ugo Monye, 14. Mark Cueto, 13. Dan Hipkiss, 12. Shane Geraghty, 11. Matt Banahan, 10. Jonny Wilkinson, 9. Danny Care, 1. Tim Payne, 2. Steve Thompson, 3. David Wilson, 4. Louis Deacon, 5. Steve Borthwick, 6. Tom Croft, 7. Lewis Moody, 8. Jordan Crane

16. Dylan Hartley, 17. Duncan Bell, 18. Courtney Lawes, 19. James Haskell, 20. Paul Hodgson, 21. Andy Goode, 22. Ayoola Erinle

England v Pacific Islanders 2008
15. Delon Armitage, 14. Paul Sackey, 13. Jamie Noon, 12. Riki Flutey, 11. Ugo Monye, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Danny Care, 1. Andrew Sheridan, 2. Lee Mears, 3. Matt Stevens, 4. Steve Borthwick, 5. Nick Kennedy, 6. Tom Croft, 7. Tom Rees, 8. Nick Easter

16. Dylan Hartley, 17. Phil Vickery, 18. Tom Palmer, 19. James Haskell, 20. Michael Lipman, 21. Harry Ellis, 22. Toby Flood

England v New Zealand 2006
15. Iain Balshaw, 14. Paul Sackey, 13. Jamie Noon, 12. Anthony Allen, 11. Ben Cohen, 10. Charlie Hodgson, 9. Shaun Perry, 1. Andrew Sheridan, 2. George Chuter, 3. Julian White, 4. Danny Grewcock, 5. Ben Kay, 6. Martin Corry, 7. Lewis Moody, 8. Pat Sanderson

16. Lee Mears, Stuart Turner, Chris Jones, Magnus Lund, Pete Richards, Andy Goode, Mark Van Gisbergen

England v Australia 2005
15. Josh Lewsey, 14. Mark Cueto, 13. Jamie Noon, 12. Mike Tindall, 11. Ben Cohen, 10. Charlie Hodgson 9. Matt Dawson, 1. Andrew Sheridan, 2. Steve Thompson, 3. Phil Vickery, 4. Steve Borthwick, 5. Danny Grewcock, 6. Pat Sanderson, 7. Lewis Moody, 8. Martin Corry

16. Lee Mears, 17, Matt Stevens, 18, Louis Deacon, 19. Chris Jones, 20. Harry Ellis, 21. Olly Barkley, 22. Mark van Gisbergen

England v Canada 2004
15. Jason Robinson, 14. Mark Cueto, 13. Henry Paul, 12. Mike Tindall, 11. Josh Lewsey, 10. Charlie Hodgson, 9. Andy Gomarsall, 1. Graham Rowntree, 2. Steve Thompson, 3. Julian White, 4. Danny Grewcock, 5. Steve Borthwick, 6. Lewis Moody, 7. Andy Hazell, 8. Martin Corry

16. Andy Titterrell, 17. Andrew Sheridan, 18. Ben Kay, 19. Hugh Vyvyan, 20. Hall Charlton, 21. Will Greenwood, 22. Ben Cohen

England v New Zealand 2002
15. Jason Robinson, 14. James Simpson-Daniel, 13. Will Greenwood, 12. Mike Tindall, 11. Ben Cohen, 10. Jonny Wilkinson, 9. Matt Dawson, 1. Trevor Woodman, 2. Steve Thompson, 3. Phil Vickery, 4. Martin Johnson, 5. Danny Grewcock, 6. Lewis Moody, 7. Richard Hill, 8. Lawrence Dallaglio

16. Mark Regan, 17. Jason Leonard, 18. Ben Kay, 19. Neil Back, 20. Austin Healey, 21. Ben Johnston, 22. Tim Stimpson

9 thoughts on “Autumn Internationals: England Teams for 1st Test since 2002

  1. Sackey, Flutey, Hape, Noon, Allen. I can’t remember if they were in-form at the time or bottom of the barrel injury replacements. About as much attacking flair and penetration as a blunt potato. I do however remember them being very good Prem players but certainly not Int standard.




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      1. I remember Antony Allen as that era’s Alex Goode. Looked great at club level – not an international

        Sad to see a few ‘what might have been’ names – JSD / Tom Rees/ Harry Ellis / Delon Armitage

        And of course, Danny Cipriani…




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  2. i always thought Monye was an underused and under appreciated player. Very fast and powerful winger.
    So many names that had faded from the memory…………………..




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    1. Acee, Moyne certainly doesn’t under use or unappreciate his suit jackets these days. He must need new specs though, as his jackets are all under sized, or maybe his biceps are over sized?




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  3. Hard to hack Greenwood as a commentator who seems permanently impelled to imitate Brian Blessed every time he opens his mouth, but England have never really replaced @ centre IMO.




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  4. I kinda like the look of that England v Pacific Islanders team in 2008…. Armitage, Sackey and Monye in the back three had serious gas, Care and Cips pulling the strings, a beefy pack and Croft, Rees and Easter is not a bad back row at all!




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  5. It really shows that we have been struggling to nail down partnerships and a starting XV for many years!

    Obviously injuries get in the way and there are a few names that seem to crop up with some regularity – Brown, Hartley, Tindall & Robshaw – but this does article demonstrates to me how disjointed our selection policy has been for 15 years…

    Shorter seasons and RFU controlled elite players might help as I imagine that a lot of this is down to injuries.




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