Tindall returns for England against Romania

England manager Martin Johnson on Thursday named his team to play Romania in their third Pool B match at Otago Stadium, Dunedin, on Saturday, 24 September.

Mike Tindall returns at inside centre, whilst Alex Corbisiero makes his World Cup debut at loosehead prop. Louis Deacon replaces Simon Shaw in the second while Toby Flood and Delon Armitage have dropped to the bench, being replaced by Jonny Wilkinson and Mark Cueto.


1. Alex Corbisiero
2. Steve Thompson
3. Dan Cole
4. Louis Deacon
5. Tom Palmer
6. Tom Croft
7. Lewis Moody (c)
8. James Haskell
9. Ben Youngs
10. Jonny Wilkinson
11. Mark Cueto
12. Mike Tindall
13. Manu Tuilagi
14. Chris Ashton
15. Ben Foden


16. Lee Mears
17. David Wilson
18. Simon Shaw
19. Tom Wood
20. Richard Wigglesworth
21. Toby Flood
22. Delon Armitage

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10 thoughts on “Tindall returns for England against Romania

  1. I think Deacon has 80 minutes to stake a claim for his position, Shaw i thought had a good game against Georgia, and Palmer/Lawes are the better pairing.

    I still however don’t think he’s good enough to be a regular starter.

  2. I reckon Johnno is waiting to see how Moody gets on at the weekend (i.e. if he stays uninjured) before making a call on Sheridan. Although with Fourie out as well now who would you send over? Additionally, Waldrom has been brought across, but I’m not sure if that is a replacement or not (surely cover for Easter?).

    Pretty much the strongest team that could have been picked given the circumstances. I think Cueto’s inclusion is something that hasn’t been discussed at any length. Armitage seems to have impressed some (personally I feel his decision making is too poor to be a class winger) so maybe a big game is needed.

    I do not expect Wilkinson to kick as badly as his last outing.

  3. Wow, look at Tindall’s body language. I wonder if it’s a reaction to the embarrassment of being busted on the infamous night out or if he just read Brendan Venter’s article about him in the Telegraph from a couple of days ago.

    It looks like Johnno is still rotating the squad a little, hopefully with a view to playing the final game with his first XV. How else can one explain the inclusion of Wilkinson?

  4. I think a lot of people are being very narrow minded about wilkinsons inclusion. Let’s not forget he is a world class fly half, he won the world cup during 2003 and played a big part in getting england to the final in 2007. At his best he is world class. Look at the try he scored against new zealand with his chip over the top. We have yet to see class like that from flood and wilko is getting better with every game, despite the fact his kicking was off against the pumas. He did relieve a lot of pressure for a side which was very new to playing in a world cup. I’ve watched flood play since he made his debut for newcastle and I’ve always seen him as a 12. If cipriani hit some good form and stopped acting like an idiot the 10 shirt would be his anyway, his running game is superb, especially when he was at wasps before he broke his ankle.

    1. Narrow minded? Try watching some more recent footage than the examples you cite. Flood is not great but he offers far more attacking guile and fluency in attack than Wilko and is more consistent.

    2. Jonny was the best in the world in 2003 so he must be the best now. Never mind the fact that Flood has been at 10 for all of England’s decent attacking performances over the past year or so.

  5. This has got to be close to the best starting XV.

    Agree about Deacon – nothing against the guy i think he works hard. I just think the other 3 are better options.

    Really disappointed to see wigglesworth on the bench over Simpson though. You have to wonder what Wigglesworth will add from the bench? Simpson looked lively when he came on vs Georgia. That’s my only issue with this squad. Also think Armitage deserves a shot at full back.

  6. I might be the only one, but i personally hope Johnno calls Owen Farrell up as replacement for Sheridan. The guy is amazing and has ever skill to be world class – just needs a chance to prove it

  7. I don’t think Johnno knows what his starting 15 is yet (maybe 9 or 10 of them). Although that might be a good thing as he has often been too dogmatic with his selections in the past. The quarters will tell us (if we make it!)

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