By RFU Press Office
February 24 2011
England's Manager Martin Johnson has named his team for the crucial match against France this weekend in the 2011 RBS Six Nations Tournament. Many class this match as the tournament decider.
England have made one change to the starting line-up for the RBS 6 Nations match against France at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, February 26 (5pm).
Andrew Sheridan (Sale Sharks) returns at loose head prop in place of Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), who reverts to the bench in place of David Wilson (Bath Rugby).
Despite playing 23 minutes for Bath Rugby last weekend, and rejoining the England squad on Monday, flanker Lewis Moody has not made the matchday 22 to face France as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.
Having lined up together in the victories over Wales and Italy, the back row of James Haskell (Stade Francais), Nick Easter (Harlequins Rugby) and Tom Wood (Northampton Saints) will take on the French trio of Thierry Dusautoir, Imanol Harinordoquy and Sebastien Chabal. Hendrie Fourie continues to provide back row cover for England off the bench.
After two rounds of matches in the 2011 RBS 6 Nations, unbeaten England and France are the only teams who retain the opportunity of a Grand Slam, and England Manager Martin Johnson is enjoying the high profile build up to ‘le crunch’ match of the tournament.
“The bigger the game you play the more it goes back to what people call ‘the basics’ on the field,” said Johnson. “When the pressure is on we just need to execute and compete and put them under pressure. I enjoy the build up to this game and everyone wants to get there, get a ticket and watch it. Everyone over here wants us to win. We’ll concentrate on ourselves and try to improve over last week.”
The game will be live on BBC 1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Score updates will be available at www.twitter.com/official_rfu and Steve Jones will be providing live text commentary through the free RFU iPhone app.
|England Team to face France|
|15 Ben Foden||Northampton Saints|
|14 Chris Ashton||Northampton Saints|
|13 Mike Tindall (C)||Gloucester Rugby|
|12 Shontayne Hape||Bath Rugby|
|11 Mark Cueto||Sale Sharks|
|10 Toby Flood||Leicester Tigers|
|9 Ben Youngs||Leicester Tigers|
|1 Andrew Sheridan||Sale Sharks|
|2 Dylan Hartley||Northampton Saints|
|3 Dan Cole||Leicester Tigers|
|4 Louis Deacon||Leicester Tigers|
|5 Tom Palmer||Stade Francais|
|6 Tom Wood||Northampton Saints|
|7 James Haskell||Stade Francais|
|8 Nick Easter||Harlequins|
|16 Steve Thompson||Leeds Carnegie|
|17 Alex Corbisiero||London Irish|
|18 Simon Shaw||London Wasps|
|19 Hendre Fourie||Leeds Carnegie|
|20 Danny Care||Harlequins|
|21 Jonny Wilkinson||RC Toulon|
|22 Matt Banahan||Bath Rugby|
Quote:I do wish people wouldn't refer to this game as the tournament decider though,