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Six Nations: Haskell and Palmer make England starting XV, but Wilkinson on bench

03 February 2011

England flanker James Haskell
England starter: James Haskell
Photo: Michael Paler

Stade Francais duo James Haskell and Tom Palmer have both been named in England's starting XV for Friday night's Cardiff clash with Wales.

But there was no place for Toulon fly-half Jonny Wilkinson, with England manager Martin Johnson preferring Leicester's Toby Flood for the RBS Six Nations opener.

Haskell usually plays blind-side flanker but has been recalled to the starting line-up in place of injured skipper Lewis Moody at open-side.

Palmer, who this week admitted he was contemplating a contract extension at Stade Francais, continues his run of starts in the second row and will lead the England lineout.

Johnson has named veteran centre Mike Tindall as captain against Wales, with Northampton flanker Tom Wood also earning an international debut due to Hendre Fourie's injury.

Wilkinson is on the bench after missing the Autumn internationals due to injury - replacing Charlie Hodgson - but is sure to feature at some stage.

Johnson admitted that Haskell's inclusion offered England "something different" to Moody, with the Stade Francais player renowned for his carrying ability. "All the back-row guys are slightly different and I think we've got a good combination," added the England manager.


He also said the decision to name Tindall as captain ahead of Nick Easter - who did the job during November - was a straightforward one. "Mike would have captained wherever we played, home or away. Nick Easter will have a big job leading the forwards, giving us a lot of direction there," he told the BBC.

"Mike's a good captain, he's hugely experienced and if he's not there we've got Nick, and Louis Deacon has had a really good week as well. It is good to have him back fit and firing," said Johnson.

Wales have named France-bound James Hook at full-back, with Stephen Jones at fly-half and 22-year-old Jonathan Davies partnering Jamie Roberts in the centres.

Full-back Lee Byrne, who signed for Clermont Auvergne this week, has to make do with a place on the subs bench.

Wales     England  
Player Club Pos Player Club
James Hook Ospreys 15 Ben Foden Northampton Saints
Morgan Stoddart Scarlets 14 Chris Ashton Northampton Saints
Jamie Roberts Cardiff Blues 13 Mike Tindall (capt) Gloucester
Jonathan Davies Scarlets 12 Shontayne Hape Bath
Shane Williams Ospreys 11 Mark Cueto Sale Sharks
Stephen Jones Scarlets 10 Toby Flood Leicester Tigers
Mike Phillips Ospreys 9 Ben Youngs Leicester Tigers
Andy Powell London Wasps 8 Nick Easter Harlequins
Sam Warburton Cardiff Blues 7 James Haskell Stade Francais
Dan Lydiate Newport GD 6 Tom Wood Northampton Saints
Alun-Wyn Jones Ospreys 5 Tom Palmer Stade Francais
Bradley Davies Cardiff Blues 4 Louis Deacon Leicester Tigers
Craig Mitchell Ospreys 3 Dan Cole Leicester Tigers
Matthew Rees (capt) Scarlets 2 Dylan Hartley Northampton Saints
Paul James Ospreys 1 Andrew Sheridan Sale Sharks
Richard Hibbard Ospreys 16 Steve Thompson Leeds Carnegie
John Yapp Cardiff Blues 17 Dan Wilson Bath
Ryan Jones Ospreys 18 Simon Shaw London Wasps
Jonathan Thomas Ospreys 19 Joe Worsley London Wasps
Dwayne Peel Sale Sharks 20 Danny Care Harlequins
Rhys Priestland Scarlets 21 Jonny Wilkinson Toulon
Lee Byrne Ospreys 22 Matt Banahan Bath

Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Date: Friday, February 4th 2011
KO: 20.45


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