There is no place in the England starting line-up for Lions Mike Catt and Danny Grewcock ahead of the Murrayfield clash with Scotland in the opening round of the Lloyds TSB Six Nations Championship
There is no place in the England starting line-up for Lions Mike Catt and Danny Grewcock ahead of the Murrayfield clash with Scotland in the opening round of the Lloyds TSB Six Nations Championship. Catt gives way to his Bath clubmate Mike Tindall while Leicester’s Ben Kay replaces Grewcock. An injury to Dorian West means a first full cap for 23 year old Northampton hooker Steve Thompson.
Jason Robinson (Sale Sharks); Austin Healey (Leicester Tigers), Will Greenwood (NEC Harlequins), Mike Tindall (Bath), Ben Cohen (Northampton Saints); Jonny Wilkinson (Newcastle Falcons), Kyran Bracken (Saracens), 1 Graham Rowntree (Leicester Tigers) 2 Steve Thompson (Northampton Saints), Julian White (Bristol Shoguns); Martin Johnson Capt (Leicester Tigers), Ben Kay (Leicester Tigers); Richard Hill (Saracens), Neil Back (Leicester Tigers), 8 Joe Worsley (London Wasps).
Replacements. Mark Regan (Bath), Jason Leonard (NEC Harlequins), Danny Grewcock (Bath), Martin Corry (Leicester Tigers), Nick Duncombe (NEC Harlequins), Charlie Hodgson (Sale Sharks), Dan Luger (NEC Harlequins)/Iain Balshaw (Bath)
Wales (v Ireland) – . K Morgan (Swansea); D James (Bridgend), J Robinson (Cardiff), I Harris (Cardiff), C Morgan (Cardiff); S Jones (Llanelli), R Howley (Cardiff); S John (Cardiff). R McBryde (Llanelli), C Anthony (Newport), C Quinnell (Cardiff),C Wyatt (Llanelli), N Budgett (Bridgend), M Williams (Cardiff), S Quinnell, (Llanelli, capt).
D Jones (Neath), B Williams (Neath), I Gough (Newport), B Sinkinson (Neath), D Peel (Llanelli), A Marinos (Newport), R Williams (Cardiff).
France (v Italy) – N Jeanjean (Toulouse); A Rougerie (Montferrand), T Marsh (Montferrand), D Traille (Pau), D Bory (Montferrand); G Merceron (Montferrand), F Michalak Toulouse); J-J Crenca (Agen), Y Bru (Toulouse), P De Villiers;(St Francais); D Auradou (St Francais), T Privat (Beziers); S Betsen (Biarritz), O Magne (capt) (Montferrand), S Hall (Beziers).
Replacements. R Ibanez (Castres), J-B Poux (Narbonne), F Pelous (Toulouse), E Vermeulen (Montferrand), A Albouy (Castres), F Gelez (Agen), X Garbajosa (Toulouse).