Mathew Tait and Luke Narraway have been ruled out of Saturday’s Test against the Pacific Islands, further limiting the options available to new England Manager, Martin Johnson.
Narraway will miss out with a hamstring injury
If fit, it is likely that both would have started the match after impressing in the early rounds of this season’s Guinness Premiership. However, the stage is now set for Delon Armitage’s international debut at full-back, and the possible return of Nick Easter at Number 8.
There could be up to four other new caps in England’s line up: Riki Flutey, Dylan Hartley, Nick Kennedy and Ugo Monye being the other potential starters.
Here’s what I think the back line will be, regardless of what I’d like to see: