RBS 6 Nations 2011: England team to face France

Martin Johnson has named his side to take on France at Twickenham on Saturday.


1. Andrew Sheridan
2. Dylan Hartley
3. Dan Cole
4. Louis Deacon
5. Tom Palmer
6. Tom Wood
7. James Haskell
8. Nick Easter

9. Ben Youngs
10. Toby Flood
11. Mark Cueto
12. Shontayne Hape
13. Mike Tindall (c)
14. Chris Ashton
15. Ben Foden

Thompson, Corbisiero, Shaw, Fourie, Care, Wilkinson, Banahan.

Nick Heath was at Twickenham to catch what Johnno had to say about the big game:


13 thoughts on “RBS 6 Nations 2011: England team to face France

  1. No suprises as you say. In a way I’m glad Moodos wasn’t fit, because I think Johnno would have put him back in the side, and I’d rather keep this back row intact.

    Corbs did have a great debut, but Sheridan was always going to be picked if he was fit. Good to know that there’s a reliable back up now though.

    I’m quietly confident.

  2. Yeah, I wouldn’t say Corbisiero has been dropped. He was never first choice. He was covering for an established player and now that guy is back he drops down. That’s the way it works. Not sure he would have expected to be picked.

    Feels weird having a settled team.

  3. Awesome, interesting match for many reasons, but im really interested to see how our scrum goes.

    Our scrum hasnt been thoroughly examined yet. when that Frog front 5 gets the hit right they are like a bulldozer.

    interested to see how sheriden gets on against a prop who is about a foot shorter!!!!

  4. Still worried about 7 and 8, but at least we have one solid replacement on the bench. Easter’s due for a big game, based on his usual pattern. 12 and 13 also a concern for me, albeit so far largely masked by the rampaging Ashton. To be fair, the entire backline has defended well though.

    With all the guff in the press (which will presumably be printed and posted on the changing room walls on Saturday) about how much they hate us, the desire to see us give the French a good hiding has never been greater. I’d give my left bollock to be there.

  5. Am i the only person that wonders how in the world Louis Deacon can be considered the 3rd best lock in England (assuming Lawes and Palmer would be starting choice).

    Especially against a big physical French pack.,,,,, surely Shaw had to be the better option?

  6. I agree with you Matt but I don’t think Johnno is one for horses for courses, with the exception of Worsley against Wales a couple of years back. I think he backs his chosen team to be good enough whoever they come up against, whether it be a big pack or otherwise. I envisage Shaw having a big impact though.

  7. Deacon is an 18 stone lump, who will push, tackle his brains out.

    Shaw looks knackered before he gets on the pitch! no way he can start.

    who is better than Deacon?

  8. I agree with Jimmymc1 (first time for everything!!), Deacon is solid player and with injuries and suspensions, he is the best available option.

  9. ..although its good that Deacon and Shaw can still fill in. We’re starting to get some depth which can only be a good thing.

    I’d still love to see the RFU bring back the old ‘Probables vs Possibles’ games.

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