Whilst trawling through the archives for a suitable piece this week, we had a look at previous England against New Zealand previews, and in the process stumbled across the team announcements. As a separate piece, we thought it would be interesting to look at the progression of the England team from year to year in this fixture. So, starting in 2002, here are the England teams that have taken on New Zealand at Twickenham down the years – fair warning, there are some absolute shockers in there…
Jason Robinson; James Simpson-Daniel, Will Greenwood, Mike Tindall, Ben Cohen; Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Dawson; Lawrence Dallaglio, Richard Hill, Lewis Moody, Danny Grewcock, Martin Johnson (captain), Phil Vickery, Steve Thompson, Trevor Woodman.
Replacements: Regan, Leonard, Kay, Back, Healey, Johnston, Stimpson
England won 31-28
Josh Lewsey; Mark Cueto, Jamie Noon, Mike Tindall, Ben Cohen; Charlie Hodgson, Matt Dawson; Andrew Sheridan, Steve Thompson, Phil Vickery; Steve Borthwick, Danny Grewcock; Pat Sanderson, Lewis Moody, Martin Corry.
Replacements: M Stevens, L Mears, L Deacon, C Jones, H Ellis, O Barkley, M Van Gisbergen.
NZ won 23-19
Iain Balshaw; Paul Sackey, Jamie Noon, Anthony Allen, Ben Cohen; Charlie Hodgson, Shaun Perry; Andrew Sheridan, George Chuter, Julian White; Danny Grewcock, Ben Kay; Martin Corry (capt), Lewis Moody, Pat Sanderson.
Replacements: Mears, Turner, Jones, Lund, Richards, Goode, Van Gisbergen.
NZ won 41-20
Delon Armitage; Paul Sackey, Jamie Noon, Riki Flutey, Ugo Monye; Toby Flood, Danny Care; Tim Payne, Lee Mears, Phil Vickery, Steve Borthwick, Nick Kennedy, James Haskell, Michael Lipman, NickEaster.
Replacements: Hartley, Stevens, Croft, Rees, Ellis, Cipriani, Hipkiss
NZ won 32-6
Mark Cueto; Matt Banahan, Dan Hipkiss, Ayoola Erinle, Ugo Monye; Jonny Wilkinson, Paul Hodgson, Tim Payne, Dylan Hartley, Duncan Bell, Simon Shaw, Steve Borthwick, Joe Worsley, Lewis Moody, James Haskell
Replacements: Thompson, Wilson, Deacon, Croft, Care, Geraghty, Tait
NZ won 19-6
Ben Foden; Chris Ashton, Mike Tindall, Shontayne Hape, Mark Cueto; Toby Flood, Ben Youngs; Andrew Sheridan, Steve Thompson, Dan Cole; Courtney Lawes, Tom Palmer; Tom Croft, Lewis Moody, Nick Easter.
Replacements: Hartley, Wilson, Attwood, Fourie, Care, Hodgson, Armitage
NZ won 26-19
Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Manusamoa Tuilagi, Brad Barritt, Mike Brown, Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs, Alex Corbisiero, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw, Ben Morgan
Replacements: Paice, Wilson, Vunipola, Lawes, Haskell, Care, Burns, Joseph
England won 38-21
Mike Brown, Chris Ashton, Joel Tomkins, Billy Twelvetrees, Ben Foden, Owen Farrell, Lee Dickson, Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw, Billy Vunipola
Replacements: Youngs, Mullan, Wilson, Parling, Morgan, Youngs, Flood, Goode
What do you make of those teams? Any you particularly like/hate the look of?
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