England ring changes

England ring changes
By Reuters

14/03/2006 at 15:52Updated

Coach Andy Robinson has reacted to England's 31-6 humiliation to France in Paris by making seven changes to his team for the final Six Nations game against Ireland on Saturday.

Fullback Josh Lewsey, centre Mike Tindall, scrumhalf Matt Dawson, hooker Steve Thompson, prop Julian White and lock Danny Grewcock - all members of England's 2003 World Cup-winning squad - have been dropped following the 31-6 defeat by France.

Lewsey is out of the squad altogether while the other five make the bench.

Flyhalf Charlie Hodgson was ruled out with a hamstring strain, according to Tuesday's team announcement, but his place was in doubt anyway after an error-littered first half before he was replaced in Paris.

Tom Voyce gets another start at fullback having replaced the injured Lewsey earlier in the tournament while his Wasps team mate Stuart Abbott replaces Tindall.

Harry Ellis regains the number nine shirt he lost to Dawson for the France game, Andrew Sheridan is also back after being dropped for Paris while hooker Lee Mears and long-serving lock Simon Shaw get their first starts of the tournament.

Andy Goode, who replaced Hodgson at halftime, makes his first international start at number 10.

Newcastle flyhalf Dave Walder, is named among the replacements.

England have lost their last two matches against Ireland, both by the score of 19-13, in Dublin last year and at Twickenham in 2004.

Ireland, with six points, are bidding to win the title and the Triple Crown while England also retain a mathematical chance of winning the championship.

Team : 15-Tom Voyce (Wasps); 14-Mark Cueto (Sale), 13-Jamie Noon (Newcastle), 12-Stuart Abbott (Wasps), 11-Ben Cohen (Northampton); 10-Andy Goode (Leicester), 9-Harry Ellis (Leicester); 8-Martin Corry (Leicester, captain), 7-Lewis Moody (Leicester), 6-Joe Worsley (Wasps), 5-Simon Shaw (Wasps), 4-Steve Borthwick (Bath), 3-Matt Stevens (Bath), 2-Lee Mears (Bath), 1-Andrew Sheridan (Sale).

Replacements: Steve Thompson (Northampton), Julian White (Leicester), Danny Grewcock (Bath), Lawrence Dallaglio (Wasps), Matt Dawson (Wasps), Dave Walder (Newcastle), Mike Tindall (Gloucester).

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