Danny Cipriani has been called up to replace the beleaguered Ian Balshaw at full back in the headline selection for England’s trip to Edinburgh in round 4 of the Six Nations. Many England fans will be calling for the declaration of a national holiday at this news after Balshaw’s recent displays although he retains his place in the 22. Lesley Vainikolo keeps hold of his place on the wing.
Lee Mears is also promoted from the bench to replace middle-aged stroppy adolescent Mark Regan, and Tom Croft gets a start at 6, replacing James Haskell who has failed to recover from the ankle injury he sustained against France.
So is Danny Boy the spark required to ignite England’s faltering backline? Has Matthew Tait, ostensibly the replacement full back in the first 3 rounds, been hard done by? Are there any other changes you would have liked to see for the Scotland game?
England Team to face Scotland at Murrayfield:
D Cipriani (Wasps); P Sackey (Wasps), J Noon (Newcastle), T Flood (Newcastle), L Vainikolo (Gloucester); J Wilkinson (Newcastle), R Wigglesworth (Sale Sharks); A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), L Mears (Bath), P Vickery (Wasps, capt), S Shaw (Wasps), S Borthwick (Bath), T Croft (Leicester), M Lipman (Bath), N Easter (Harlequins)
Replacements: G Chuter (Leicester), M Stevens (Bath), B Kay (Leicester), L Narraway (Gloucester), P Hodgson (London Irish), M Tait (Newcastle), I Balshaw (Gloucester).