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    Wilkinson ruled out for England

    Jonny Wilkinson has been ruled out of England's final RBS Six Nations clash with Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

    He is making progress from a hamstring injury he suffered playing for Newcastle but is not yet fit to play.

    Harlequins' Nick Easter could also be a doubt after missing training with a neck injury, so Wasps' James Haskell has been called up.

    Phil Vickery and Mike Tindall have already been ruled out with concussion and a knee problem respectively. <!- E SF ->

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    The injury means Wilkinson has missed 32 of England's 35 Test matches since they won the World Cup in 2003.

    He will not have a chance to prove his fitness for England until the two Tests in South Africa in May.

    He only proved his fitness for his most recent game for England, the loss to Ireland, at the last moment, and he suffered the injury shortly afterwards playing for Newcastle against London Irish.

    Wilkinson's place at fly-half for the game with France went to club team-mate Toby Flood.

    He enjoyed an impressive first start for his country, but suffered a leg injury himself.

    Should have taken that bet that he would only last 3 tests.
    The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
    - Salvador Dali (1904-1989)


      Tindall out as well. A backline of
      11. Robinson
      12. Catt
      13. Tait
      14. Strettle
      15. Lewsey

      A few trys you'd think in there.

      Commemorate Nevin Spence here -


        Weak in the centre, in defence, attacking backline alright, could be a 6N version of a S14 game, loads of tries for both sides.


          I'd say Wales will win this one.
          The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
          - Salvador Dali (1904-1989)



            Cueto (Sale Sharks);
            D Strettle (Harlequins),
            M Tait (Newcastle),
            Catt (London
            Irish, capt),
            J Robinson (Sale Sharks);

            T Flood (Newcastle),
            H Ellis

            T Payne (Wasps),
            G Chuter (Leicester),
            J White
            M Corry (Leicester),
            T Palmer (Wasps),
            J Worsley (Wasps),
            T Rees (Wasps),
            N Easter (Harlequins).

            Replacements: L Mears (Bath), S
            Turner (Sale Sharks), L Deacon (Leicester), M Lund (Sale Sharks), S
            Perry (Bristol), S Geraghty (London Irish), J Noon (Newcastle).




              My head says England, they'll be buoyed on by their success against France, however, Wales will want to salvage some bit of pride from what's been a pretty abysmal 6N for them, and particularly on their home turf...
              Chickens don\'t CLAP!!!


                No Lewsey?
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                  I think a lot depends on England's back row. Wales like to play a high tempo game with lots of offloads, and getting the ball away from the breakdown as quickly as possible. England will have to slow that down if they want to win this one.
                  Munster - Incessant Perfervidity
                  "Ireland Will Choke" - Jeremy Guscott



                    Now thats a decent looking backline. Much better than his first three selections. I still dont agree with Corry in second row but it should be enough to beat Wales I reckon.

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                      <H1>Lewsey dropped for final game</H1>

                      Tuesday, March 13, 2007

                      Josh Lewsey has been left out of the England team for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations finale against Wales in Cardiff.

                      Full-back Lewsey, who has won 47 caps, is replaced in the number 15 shirt by Sale Sharks wing Mark Cueto.

                      It will be Cueto's first England appearance since the final autumn Test against South Africa, having been laid low by injuries which stalled his Six Nations hopes.

                      Cueto, scorer of 13 tries in 18 appearances for England, has never previously started an international as full-back for his country.

                      But he has featured there in club colours, with Lewsey paying the price for an ineffective display during the 26-18 victory over championship leaders France two days ago.

                      One other change from the French clash sees Newcastle centre Mathew Tait taking over from Mike Tindall, who was admitted to hospital on Sunday evening suffering from a suspected knee infection.

                      With Tait promoted to the starting line-up, his place on the bench goes to his Newcastle colleague Jamie Noon.

                      Lewsey, despite some impressive defensive displays during the autumn internationals, has failed to impose himself in a Six Nations tournament that sees England retaining an outside chance of landing the title.

                      The 30-year-old was guilty of a couple of glaring blunders against France, and England head coach Brian Ashton has now turned to the powerful Cueto, who is a proven finisher at the highest level.

                      He would undoubtedly have featured for England earlier in the tournament had it not been for injuries, but he now has a chance to stake a claim for full-back duties on a regular basis as the count down continues for this year's World Cup.

                      With in-form wings David Strettle and Jason Robinson keeping their places, Cueto will complete an exciting back three that appears laden with tries.

                      Tait will make his first Six Nations start since England lost 11-9 against Wales at the Millennium Stadium two years ago.

                      Capped as an 18-year-old, Tait found himself on the receiving end of some heavy-duty tackles - notably from Gavin Henson - but his appearance in the England midfield will provide added pace.

                      Noon, meanwhile, returns to the England matchday 22 for the first time in this season's Six Nations.

                      His last appearance was against South Africa in November.

                      Tindall apart, captain Phil Vickery (concussion), fly-half Jonny Wilkinson (hamstring) and centre Andy Farrell (back) were not considered.

                      Fly-half Toby Flood (leg) and stand-in skipper Mike Catt (hamstring) suffered knocks during the France game but are expected to train in the near future, while number eight Nick Easter is retained in an unchanged England pack despite reporting neck pain yesterday.

                      England are vying for the title with France and Ireland, although their considerably inferior points difference means championship success is unlikely, even if they win in Cardiff.

                      Jonny Wilkinson was not considered for the match despite making "good progress" from the hamstring problem that ruled him out of the 26-18 victory over France two days ago.

                      He will not have completed his rehabilitation in time for the Millennium Stadium encounter, which could see England claim an unlikely championship.

                      Wilkinson will now have missed 32 of England's 35 Test matches since the 2003 World Cup final triumph in Sydney. He proved his fitness to face Ireland last month barely 12 hours before kick-off, but his England career is now on hold until the two-Test tour of South Africa.

                      England meet the Springboks - who are also their pivotal World Cup pool opponents - in Bloemfontein on May 26, and then in Pretoria seven days later.

                      Wales coach Gareth Jenkins gave a vote of confidence to his beleaguered troops when he named an unchanged team and bench for Saturday's
                      "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe



                        Could Brian Ashton be more clever than we realised? Play your older, proven players at the start of the tournamentand, if it goes wrong, then throw in the youngfellas with a "sure what the hell attitude" and hope? Either that or he got seriously lucky!

                        I still think wales will win though.
                        The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
                        - Salvador Dali (1904-1989)


                          wales by a mile
                          If the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.




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                            <DIV></DIV></TD></TR></T></T></TABLE><!- E IIMA -><!- S SF ->Wales captain Gareth Thomas says it will be all about the "top two inches" in Saturday's clash with England.

                            He applies that to the centre battle with Mathew Tait and Mike Catt - and also to dealings with officials.

                            "I'll have five watches strapped on," joked Thomas, involved in Wales' choice to kick to touch with the last play of the game in the loss to Italy in Rome.

                            "You can bet that I'll be specifically asking the referee exactly how long is left before any similar decisions." <!- E SF ->

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                            Thomas, who led Wales to the Grand Slam in 2005 and took the Lions captaincy after Brian O'Driscoll's injury, regained the national armband this week after Stephen Jones withdrew with injury.

                            It will be the 32-year-old's first start of this season's RBS Six Nations, having been banned for the first three games and come on as a substitute in the 23-20 defeat at the Stadio Flaminio.

                            The Toulouse utility back, who is moving to Cardiff Blues next season, is already Wales' record try scorer and is set to equal Gareth Llewellyn's Wales record of 92 caps when he leads his country out at the Millennium Stadium.

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                            With James Hook taking Jones' place at fly-half and Thomas coming in at 12, many Wales fans are pinning their hopes of avoiding the Championship whitewash on the captain's physical centre partnership with Tom Shanklin exposing the lightweight England duo.

                            "I've played a lot of rugby at 12, and my last full game of rugby was there for Toulouse against London Irish in January," Thomas told BBC Sport Wales.

                            "That was also in direct opposition to Catt. He's a great player, as he showed in the win over France last week, but also a great character and a good bloke.

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                            "People have talked about our size advantage in the centre, but it's more about the size of your ticker.

                            "Size can be important in rugby, but if you've got the will to put a man down you will do it.

                            "It's more about the top two inches and outwitting people, that's where you win games.

                            "We're a win away from being a good team and getting the confidence to be a good enough team to go out there and perform week-in, week-out.

                            "I feel that we've got into thinking too much about the opposition and what their streng



                              Does anyone else want the English to win and the Welsh get whitewashed [img]smileys/redface.gif[/img], apologies to our welsh posters