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Barritt makes England debut


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Six Nations on 2 Feb 2012 at 16:18
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England on Thursday named three new caps in the starting team to face Scotland in Saturday’s Six Nations match at Murrayfield.

Saracens midfielder Brad Barritt and Owen Farrell will form a new centre pairing at international level, while Northampton Saints’ Phil Dowson makes his debut at No.8.

Article Courtesy of Rugby 365

Farrell and Barritt are England’s first uncapped centred pairing since 2002 and first in the Championship since 1969, when John Spencer and David Duckham played in a 19-17 defeat away to Ireland.

The match 22 sees five more uncapped players on the replacements’ bench – Rob Webber (London Wasps), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Ben Morgan (Scarlets), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints) and Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins).

Head coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We have been impressed with how the whole group has come together in the last 10 days and we have done a lot of work on and off the field.

“Now is the time to turn all that into a performance against Scotland that we can all be proud of. It is a massive challenge – Murrayfield, the first game of the Six Nations – but one we are relishing.”

Recalled flyhalf Charlie Hodgson, who will be inside his Saracens teammates, is the most experienced player in the starting side with 36 caps.

But Hodgson, back following the international retirement of England great Jonny Wilkinson and the absence through injury of Toby Flood, will be making his first Test start for four years.

Premiership champions Saracens provide four of England’s backs, with David Strettle on the left wing.

Seven of England’s starting XV go into the game with 10 caps or fewer, with Harlequins flank Chris Robshaw captaining the team in only his second Test.

In all, there are eight uncapped players in the matchday 22, with Wasps hooker Rob Webber, Leicester lock Geoff Parling, Scarlets No.8 Ben Morgan, Northampton scrumhalf Lee Dickson and Harlequins centre Jordan Turner-Hall all on the bench.

Scotland, who named their team earlier this week, have a huge advantage in experience over England with their starting line-up boasting 501 caps, compared to the 236 won by Lancaster’s men.

The England team features 10 changes from the side that beat Scotland in the World Cup in October, a defeat that ended the Scots’ record of always reaching the tournament’s knockout stages, and nine from the subsequent quarterfinal loss to France.

World Cup-winning trio Wilkinson, Steve Thompson and Lewis Moody, England’s captain in New Zealand, have all retired from international rugby, while lock Courtney Lawes and centre Manu Tuilagi are injured along with Flood.

England have not won at Murrayfield for eight years, losing twice and drawing once in their last three visits to Edinburgh.

England: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Brad Barritt, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 David Strettle, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Phil Dowson, 7 Chris Robshaw, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Alex Corbisiero.
Replacements: 16 Rob Webber, 17 Matt Stevens, 18 Geoff Parling, 19 Ben Morgan, 20 Lee Dickson, 21 Jordan Turner-Hall, 22 Mike Brown.

Date: Saturday, February 4
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 17.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
TMO: Tony Redmond (Ireland)



61 Comments

  • I’m frantically scrambling to try and get TV coverage for this game sorted.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.02.12 16:19:48 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Yay :)

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.02.12 16:31:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Where did your article go? Was busy commenting, and poof

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.02.12 16:33:21 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 3) : I realised KSA already had this story up.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.02.12 16:58:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • this is the best chance scotland has of whipping england…charlie hodgson is rubbish!

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.02.12 17:04:38 by Megatron Reply

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  • Really happy for Owen Farrell,lad deserves it,he’s so damn good for his age,reckon he’s Jonny’s successor,forget Freddie Burns,George Ford. Farrell’s the man to watch out for

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.02.12 17:18:36 by Ludz Reply

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  • I know this has nothing to do with the subject at hand, but I am really too chuffed not to boast a bit my son has made the Maritzburg College U14A team for water polo! First attempt at the sport and he makes the A team!

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.02.12 17:32:16 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : try bbc iplayer, provided the internet connection is fast enough it can be watched on tv

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.02.12 17:42:05 by durbsguy Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 7) : Congrats to him and his parents, always great to see the kids doing well… :smile:

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.02.12 18:01:10 by Franshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : hiyas Rob very happy for Barrit, couldnt have happened to a nicer chap

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.02.12 18:41:24 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • These Saracens are a good combination, and I think it is a fantastic decision… Its a bit sad to see Brad our Kearsney boy in a white jumper; he could’ve by now been a Bok too, and an absolute Sharks legend… Wish Brad well – well sort of – will be weird to see him tackle a Bok at national level, was strange enough a few seasons back in the mid week games… Professional sports…

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.02.12 19:05:51 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @Franshark (Comment 9) : thank you very much Fransshark really appreciated :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.02.12 19:38:36 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Disappointed that Dan Parks is starting, but at least the opposing fly-half isn’t in the best nick either.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.02.12 20:32:02 by LordHope Reply

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  • For any of you interested SA 7′s won their first game against the USA 21/0

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.02.12 06:20:06 by Franshark Reply
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  • Great loss for SA, but we do know how to throw players away

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.02.12 06:28:53 by Mutley Reply
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  • Great news that we won our 1st 7s game

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.02.12 06:29:52 by Mutley Reply
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  • SA beating the Cook Ireland’s with 43_0

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.02.12 06:42:04 by Franshark Reply
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  • Ok much better against CooK Islands. Come on boys, take the trophy in NZ

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.02.12 06:47:09 by Mutley Reply
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  • Go Brad! Go SA 7′s! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.02.12 07:24:09 by JarsonX Reply
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  • What time are we playing England?

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.02.12 08:18:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 20) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.02.12 08:24:55 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 7) : Congrats, seems as if you have one talented youngster there. :cool:

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.02.12 08:26:58 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 20) : according to the fixtures it is 9:50

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.02.12 08:33:58 by Franshark Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 21) : funny? :mrgreen: ;)

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.02.12 08:35:22 by Franshark Reply
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  • Imagine how exciting 7s wud be if there were 10 players per side or smaller fields.

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.02.12 08:38:20 by beet Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) : hi Salmanoid thank you very much! Yes the mother thinks so :)

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.02.12 08:40:52 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • I hope Barrit makes a good impression so that he can be part of the England squad for SA. I would be great to see him play against the boks. Especially if Fransie is part of that bok squad.

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.02.12 08:44:34 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 27) : :shock: Carefull what you wish for. If it comes down to Barrit vs Wynand Olivier I know who I`ll be rooting for . . . :twisted:

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.02.12 08:56:00 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 28) : eish :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.02.12 09:05:36 by Franshark Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 25) : I’d guess they will call it 10′s then ;)

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.02.12 09:06:46 by Franshark Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 25) : there is already a format that is called 10s (and there is international matches, not just the cape town 10s) it is no nearly as popular as 7s but it is growing espesially in the asian countries.

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.02.12 09:41:33 by BR Reply
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  • Sebastain Chabal has parted ways with Racing Metro. Wonder if any of the Super teams will be interested in picking up his services. He’s useful as a lock/flank/eighthman! Brings a hard edge!

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.02.12 09:47:25 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 27) : I’d back Brad to put Frans Steyn on his back 11 times out of 10.

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.02.12 10:16:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 30) : What do you mean “10s”! We’d continue to call it 7s. :mrgreen:

    When was the last time you heard an Afrikaans commentator saying the “vyf” when describing a try. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.02.12 10:20:44 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : You put Fransie and Fourie in the midfield and the will destroy any midfield that the poms have to offer. But I am seriously excited to see what Barrit will do in the 6 nations.

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.02.12 10:21:50 by Viking Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 34) : :lol:

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.02.12 10:23:07 by Franshark Reply
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  • And SA 7′s ends on top of their group by beating England 14-10, GO BB’s

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.02.12 10:25:08 by Franshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) :
    One can only admire your stubborn refusal to face up to reality.

    Brad is a cart-horse, while Frans is a thoroughbred. Its no contest at all.

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.02.12 10:47:38 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 38) : Brad is one of the most thoroughly decent young men I’ve yet had to deal with (which is born out by everyone who knows him), whereas Frans is, to put it bluntly, an asshole.

    Maybe this is just a question of priorities?

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.02.12 10:55:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) :
    That may be so. But life is not like the movies, and Brad’s endearing wholesomeness is not gonna make him any more likely to contain Frans, who is the much more talented player, if not the better man.

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.02.12 11:03:04 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : That’s a thoroughbred asshole :twisted:

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.02.12 11:07:31 by Viking Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 40) : talent aside, I still haven’t seen a centre come up against Brad that’s managed to get past him…

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.02.12 11:08:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 41) : for sheezy!

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.02.12 11:09:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) :
    He is very strong on defence, that’s for sure. Its his attacking ability that’s lacking.

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.02.12 11:14:11 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : @Big Fish (Comment 44) : I’m gonna sort of side with Rob on this one; Brad’s defense is rock-solid, and while he may not be Mr Hot Stepper With Pace To Burn, his distribution is excellent and certainly frees up players around him. He’s no Frans Steyn, but he’s not as bad as you guys make him out to be.

    So people, can we please unite and reserve all cart horse asshole epiphets for Marius Joubert? OK? OK.

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.02.12 11:30:00 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 45) : Now there’s a good example of a cart horse asshole!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.02.12 11:33:20 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 46) : See, that’s how it’s done! :twisted:

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.02.12 11:35:17 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 45) : No special mention of Wynand?

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.02.12 11:38:11 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 48) : Do I have to tell you that water is wet? Or that air is good to breathe? Some truths are so self-evident they don’t bear repeating :mrgreen:

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.02.12 11:43:13 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I’ve never said that Brad is talent-less. Even back in his Kearsney days he was renowned as a devastating tackler.

    The thing that has always held him back is lack of pace. He has just about all else a good centre should have.

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.02.12 11:49:41 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 50) : Calling someone a cart horse seems awfully close to calling him talentless…

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.02.12 11:52:55 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 51) :
    No, its a way of saying that they are awfully slow.

    I am sure that you know much more about farm animals, since you live in Newcastle and the nights can be long and lonely; but cart horses are slow and steady, but seldom accused of lacking talent.

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.02.12 11:59:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 52) : :shock: :lol:

  • Comment 53, posted at 03.02.12 12:05:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 52) : Where in the world are you at the moment mr. BF?

  • Comment 54, posted at 03.02.12 12:06:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 49) : :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 55, posted at 03.02.12 12:07:40 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 52) : Ouch! :mrgreen: Must be all the Guinness making you so lippy…

  • Comment 56, posted at 03.02.12 12:08:43 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 54) : apparently not close to Newcastle…. ;-)

  • Comment 57, posted at 03.02.12 12:09:29 by Franshark Reply
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  • :lol:

    In Dublin. Still freezing, but have my nieces to keep me warm, and the temperature has not yet dropped to -7 or worse. Thanks goodness. :shock:

  • Comment 58, posted at 03.02.12 12:15:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 58) :

    Enjoy it uncle!

  • Comment 59, posted at 03.02.12 12:25:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 44) : and pace…which means NH rugby is perfectly suited to his game!

  • Comment 60, posted at 03.02.12 14:16:45 by Villie Reply
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  • Barritt will do well for the Poms, he’s better than any other 12 they’ve picked for a while, even though I know he has been named as a 13 on the team sheet.

    Still, I feel that this is a massive opportunity for Scotland to turn England over. Scots have a much more experienced team, almost double the caps.

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