England team to play New Zealand

The England has just been announced, and here it is.

Ayoola Erinle does indeed make his first start and replaces Shane Geraghty at 12. Mark Cueto shifts to full-back, but the back three remains the same,

In the forwards, Simon Shaw and Joe Worsley start ahead of Louis Deacon and Tom Croft respectively.

England team
15 Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks)
14 Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby)
13 Dan Hipkiss (Leicester Tigers)
12 Ayoola Erinle (Biarritz)
11 Ugo Monye (Harlequins)
10 Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon)
9 Paul Hodgson (London Irish)
1 Tim Payne (London Wasps)
2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
3 Duncan Bell (Bath Rugby)
4 Simon Shaw (London Wasps)
5 Steve Borthwick (Saracens, captain)
6 Joe Worsley (London Wasps)
7 Lewis Moody (Leicester Tigers)
8 James Haskell (Stade Francais)

16 Steve Thompson (Brive)
17 David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
18 Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers)
19 Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)
20 Danny Care (Harlequins)
21 Shane Geraghty (Northampton Saints)
22 Mathew Tait (Sale Sharks)

17 thoughts on “England team to play New Zealand

  1. should be Tait for Hipkiss but apart from that what can you say?

    We do moan about england and the current set up but who else should be in?

    Clarke from Saints?

  2. Damage limitation indeed. It’s an Andy Robinson-esque selection at centre – absolutely no flair anywhere in the backline.

    Looking forward to bringing on super impact sub Louis Deacon to wreak havoc with 20 minutes to go!

  3. The pack is looking pretty fierce. But what does Johnno see in Hipkiss?
    And can we find a fullback anywhere for England? no one can claim an English grandmother? I think Lee Byrne on crutches would be better then our choices…..

  4. This is awful. Yes the pack looks a lot better and even though I like croft, he doesn’t play the kind of game that suits England. Not sure what kind of game they play.

    We have found the biggest meanest team we can, to tackle all day long, and that is all they will do, maybe get some early penalties put the AB unde presure.

    Even if we win this game, and I hope we do, the lack of ambition and vision within our country is shocking.

    I’m depressed

  5. Erinle at 12…..MINT! He’s never played at 12 and alongside a fellow brute/battering ram in Hipkiss, this selection stinks of fear. Johnno just wants to keep the score below 50 points. So negative after all Rowntree’s chat of ”we’ve got nothing to fear”. Mindless.

  6. I never thought i’d see the day that Ayoola Erinle started (at 12!) for England. Fair play to him, I bet he is as surprised as anyone! He was a decent squad man at Wasps and scored a few good tries so i was a fan of his when he was with us.

    I haven’t seen him play for Biarritz this season but i can’t see that both Leicester and Wasps thought they were letting go a future England international when they got rid!

    I’m morbidly fascinated by what will happen on Saturday.

  7. Just interviewed Dan Hipkiss for tomorrow’s podcast, defending Erinle’s selection suggesting he has flair aswell as power – live here tomorrow morning!

  8. So after 2 games in which we showed little creativity or constructive play, we have taken out 2 of our most constructive players and replaced them with a purely defensive back-rower and a skill-less battering ram. I foresee an awfull lot of running fairly hard in completely straight lines against a defence who can’t believe their luck.

    Geraghty has made a few errors but that is because he’s the only player who has tried anything but he was doing it 10 yards behind the gain line surrounded by players who were offering him no options whatsoever. It’s a backline clearly picked by a forward. Anyone who has watched Brian Smith’s teams play will know that there’s no way he would have selected this combination.

    Once again any claim to any sort of long-term planning has gone and I can’t see how they can possibly expect this side to win on Saturday. Therefore, what is the rationale behind this selection? I’m stumped.

  9. I was bewildered about Geraghty being relegated until I read this on Planet Rugby: “Shane Geraghty is convinced England can transform their fortunes in the space of a week and pull off what many fans would view as an improbable victory over New Zealand on Saturday”. Clearly he’s been smoking crack.

  10. this has damage limitation written all over it. some of the changes were obvious and what has tait got to do to start a game?! teh croft dropping had to come as he like a lot of the players that has played well in SA and not been injured have been playing poorly, probably due to their training being put out of sink. having spoken to a few S and C guys about rugby periodising it seems to case. there is still too much of johnson picking what he’s confortable with (see deacon on the bendge and banahan still on the pitch- why?) think stuart maybe onto something there about forward picking the team. can’t wait for the backlash from a NZ win and hopefully the RFU putting pressure on Johnson to pick players like lawes, kennedy, tait and the when fit flutey, tindall, stettle and armitage.

  11. I remember being excited a few years ago when it seemed we were in for a golden generation of youngsters coming through:

    Hartley, Stevens, Croft, Rees, Haskell, Care, Cipriani, Geraghty, Allen, Hipkiss, Foden, Monye, Varndell, Tait….

    Never, ever, ever, were the likes of Deacon and Erinle in the picture!

    What the hell’s happened. These guys all showed promise, performed consistently for their clubs, and yet (unlike other sides such as Australia and France) we don’t seem to be able to nurture them and coach them to produce the goods at international level.

  12. “Erinle at 12…..MINT! He’s never played at 12 and alongside a fellow brute/battering ram in Hipkiss, this selection stinks of fear.”

    Well one of them played 12 in the Heniken Cup final.
    Wasps let him go due to injurys etc.., and i doubt Biarritz would have bought a journey man.

    He’s big, powerful and a great tackler, is he up to the NZ midfield we’ll see but it’s not as daft a decision as dropping lawes and foden.

    *holds head in hand*

  13. I’m just pleased to see us pick a youngster like Simon Shaw. I just hope this match hasn’t come too soon for him after only about 12 years of international rugby and 50-odd caps.

    I’m sure if he can come through this test and play well, he’ll be a real asset to us in RWC 2011. We all know that lock forwards peak at 38 don’t we?

    I so wanted Johnno to prove people wrong, but I think the comments on here comparing his selection policy with Robinson’s is unfair on Robinson if anything.

  14. Dear Santa,

    Please can you bring me Clive Woodward and Ian McGeegan for Christmas? It’s not for me it’s for my friend England Rugby.


    Little Paddy.

  15. what a rubbish backline….how in this world is Monye still here?

    He has never been a good international wing and most definately the worst fulback I have ever seeen in international rugby…what a joke of a player…

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