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England Debut for Wood


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Posted in :In the news, Six Nations on 2 Feb 2011 at 16:27
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Northampton flanker Tom Wood will make his England debut in Friday night’s RBS 6 Nations clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Wood was not included in Martin Johnson’s original 33-man squad but he has been promoted from the Saxons straight into the starting XV after injuries forced England to reshuffle their pack.

Lewis Moody and Tom Croft are both missing from the back row while Northampton lock Courtney Lawes is in danger of being sidelined for the whole championship with a knee injury.

With Moody out, Mike Tindall has been appointed England captain for the first time.

Wood, 24, will pack down at blindside flanker and offer England a back-row lineout option in Croft’s absence, while James Haskell will start in the less familiar role on the openside.

Leicester lock Louis Deacon returns in the second row to partner Tom Palmer in place of Lawes.

Wood is in his first year with Heineken Cup quarter-finalists Northampton after three seasons at Worcester.

He was born in Coventry and played for the Barkers’ Butts club, which lists Danny Grewcock and Neil Back among its international alumni.

Wood graduated through the Worcester academy and overcame a broken leg with a successful spell in New Zealand before forcing his way into the Warriors first team in the 2007-08 season.

The athletic 6ft 5in, 16st 7lb flanker broke into the Saxons squad this time last year and, after making an immediate impression at Franklin’s Gardens, he is now in line for his Test debut in Cardiff.

Wood will don the six jersey. Haskell is traditionally a blindside but his breakdown and turnover work has been one of the big improvements in his game since moving to Stade Francais.

England team: B Foden (Northampton Saints); C Ashton (Northampton Saints), M Tindall (Gloucester, capt), S Hape (Bath), M Cueto (Sale Sharks); T Flood (Leicester Tigers), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers); A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), D Hartley (Northampton Saints), D Cole (Leicester Tigers), L Deacon (Leicester Tigers), T Palmer (Stade Francais), T Wood (Northampton Saints), J Haskell (Stade Francais), N Easter (Harlequins).

Replacements: S Thompson (Leeds Carnegie), D Wilson (Bath), S Shaw (Wasps), J Worsley (Wasps), D Care (Harlequins), J Wilkinson (Toulon), M Banahan (Bath).

Johnson said of the new man: “It’s a chance for Tom to come and play. Would he have got there with all the guys fit? He probably wouldn’t, but he’s worth a look and worth his place – he was very impressive in the autumn when he came in and the way he’s playing, most importantly, with his club, he’s a pretty impressive player.

“It’s not great to have guys injured but great to get Tom on the field in a big-time Test match. He’s 24, 25, so he’s not in his first year of it, he’s got a bit of experience.

“Tom’s good in the breakdown, even though he’s an aerial player, Louis Deacon is also a good all-round player, very good at the breakdown and very good organisationally in the line-out, so I think we’re fine.

“We’ve got good carrying ability in that back five as well with James (Haskell) coming in, all those back-row guys are slightly different and it is a good combination we’ve got.”

Tindall got the nod ahead of Nick Easter as captain, but Johnson backed the latter to marshal the pack and inexperienced scrum-half Ben Youngs.

He said: “Nick will do a good job leading the forwards, he’s closer in to the play there and will give us direction with Ben and Toby (Flood) at 10.

“Mike’s a good captain, very experienced, but if he’s not there we’ve got Nick, Louis Deacon who’s had a real good week as well – it’s good to have him back and in good form.”

Talk of the World Cup later in the year has featured prominently in the build-up to the game, but Johnson is refusing to look too far ahead.

“We want to push in competitions, which we always do,” Johnson said. “If we win (the game) then great, if not we’ll take our medicine and play from there.

“Despite what’s happening later in the year – we all know about that – the Six Nations tournament as a stand-alone, if there were no other games for six months, it would still be a big game.

“The Six Nations is a great tournament and it’s also five stand-alone important Test matches. We’ve got to go out there and perform with real tempo in what we do, real accuracy, real passion – that’ll put us in a good place.”

Article courtesy of Sportinglife.


37 Comments

  • Swing loooooooowwww sweeeeet Chaaaaaaaaaaaariooooooooot

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.02.11 16:29:11 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • England Saxons to face Ireland A
    15 Nick Abendanon (Bath Rugby)
    14 James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester Rugby)
    13 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
    12 Billy Twelvetrees (Leicester Tigers)
    11 Ugo Monye (Harlequins)
    10 Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)
    9 Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
    1 Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
    2 Lee Mears (Bath Rugby)
    3 Paul Doran-Jones (Gloucester Rugby)
    4 Graham Kitchener (Worcester warriors)
    5 Christian Day (Northampton Saints)
    6 James Gaskell (Sale Sharks)
    7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain)
    8 Luke Narraway (Gloucester Rugby)

    Replacements
    16 James Buckland (London Irish)
    17 Joe Marler (Harlequins)
    18 George Robson (Harlequins)
    19 Andrew Saull (Saracens)
    20 Paul Hodgson (London Irish)
    21 Brad Barritt (Saracens)
    22 Mike Brown (Harlequins)

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.02.11 16:41:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : I wouldn’t mind seeing the Saxons team taking on England’s so called Elite team. I think they’d give them a pretty good run for their money.
    I’d have Tindall move to 12, bring in Manu T at 13, Nick A at 11 instead of Cueto and that super youngster James Gaskell ahead of Wood or Haskell.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.02.11 16:58:04 by beet Reply
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  • Both those sides are good. England are going to have a lot of depth at the RWC.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.02.11 17:09:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : Fair enough but do they have quality coz depth just really means you have back up who are as or almost as good as your starting XV?
    England should be trying to put together a package that have a shot at lifting the WWE Trophy and not one that just goes to the RWC to make up the numbers.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.02.11 17:29:25 by beet Reply
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  • I think England is going to lift 6N Trophy, if not them then it will be the French.

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.02.11 08:07:59 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Made my SB picks, hopefully I have another good tournament and get myself another honourable virtual trophy. 😛

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.02.11 08:15:50 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Woods is a good OTAGO man !

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.02.11 08:20:32 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 6) : agree

    @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 7) : DON’T agree 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.02.11 08:26:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 7) :

    😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.02.11 08:32:17 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 8) : 😯

    and that Tuilagi in the Saxons also sounds like a Good English name. 😛

    Their rugby team is going the same way as their cricket team.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.02.11 08:32:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    I’m still not sure how those guys even get work permits

    I heard this latest one just escaped deportation last week !

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.02.11 08:33:47 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 12) :

    ….maybe it’s just a rumour….he’s pretty young though !

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.02.11 08:34:44 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Who is Brad Barritt nou weer?? 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.02.11 09:26:05 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 14) :

    Stormers are rubbish ! 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.02.11 09:35:49 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 15) :

    Hey bro!!

    Hope you are well. 🙂

    Stormers are rubbish eh?? 😕 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.02.11 10:07:35 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) :

    Thought I’d start early this year bud ! :mrgreen:

    All well at this end, getting use to being a Kiwi again ! 😉

    PS Stormers sound like they have picked up where they left off last season.

    How much action will Schalk Burger see this Super 15 …or will he be keep in cotton wool for RWC ? 😕

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.02.11 10:15:14 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 17) : You’ve been tjoepstil about Slade’s injury. Was that the nail in the coffin. Highlanders season over or are their some special surprises in store for doubts. Pse do not use the words “Robbie” and/or “Robinson” in your answer.

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.02.11 10:30:53 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 18) :

    We do have a secret weapon Lima Sopoaga played a handful of games for Wellington last year in the ITM Cup – only 19 but quality.

    PS When lambie and Robinson made their Super Rugby debuts in the sam e game I thought that there was not much between them ! 😛

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.02.11 10:37:58 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 19) :I understand what you mean. Many years ago 19year old Jaques Fourie deboooed for the Lions at no.15 and at the time I thought Otago’s 19 year old fullback was better – Paul Williams. Sadly Williams broke his leg that year. He’s been a favourite of mine and had some really good games over the years but was never able to match Fourie’s overall achievements.
    I’ll keep an eye out for Lima Sopoaga.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.02.11 11:02:55 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 20) :

    One to watch will definitely get the start at 10 with Slade out for 4-6 weeks.

    Important pre season match for us this week against the Chiefs… as it looks like we are rolling out close to what will be our first team…..need a respectable result for our confidence. Beaten in the first match at close to full strenght by the Blues 29-31 with them missing 13 All Blacks…. Blues a team to keep an eye on Pat lam in his 4th Year will need a good season with the resources at his disposal.

    have been to Highlanders tarining a couple of times (not taking part 😆 ) and they look very good we should have an interesting crack this year no one is expecting us win any games however we should be ok at home I think we have the Cheetahs and Lions from SA.

    But look out for Sopoaga in Slades absence !

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.02.11 21:27:35 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • hi all,

    well i went with England by 10
    lets just hope i’m right 🙂

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.02.11 22:03:01 by chaz Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 8) :

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.02.11 22:04:55 by chaz Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 16) : oh my and you call yourself a Stormer.

    Ok i went back to read all but my word once a Stormer always one 🙄

    and must say see all on the field :mrgreen: gee no way not me the Sharks players 😆 😉

    😉

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.02.11 22:11:17 by chaz Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 21) : Talking about the Blues, yesterday I learnt that they have a newcomer named Laumanu in their squad. He’s apparently 1.96 and weighs about 125kg and was been likened to Lauaki and Maka. He also sounds like a really good propect. It’s one of the most exciting parts of the new season. The unveiling of rookies that are bound to go on and become 30+ test cap players.

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.02.11 07:46:18 by beet Reply
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  • I think the Blues are going to have a good season 😉 2nd in their conferance.

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  • @beet (Comment 25) :

    Re: Luamanu …looks promising, played No 8 for North harbour in the ITM Cup and caught the eye scoring a few tries, he will be right at home in the Blues environment and will be pushing hard for a starting spot, but they have such a log jam for No 8. whoever gets the job could still be on rotation.

    Speaking of Rookies or close to Rookies.

    My Kiwi Rookies to watch in 2011 who could all be still in the frame for the RWC squad are as follows:

    Matt Todd – Crusaders
    Jarrad Hoeata – Highlanders
    James Broadhurst – Hurricanes
    Fritz Lee – Chiefs
    Julian Savea – Hurricanes

    Could they all be All Blacks in 2011, not a bad year to make your debut ! 😆

    I might write an article on it infact ! 😎

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.02.11 09:43:03 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 27) : Thanks. This is the kind of feedback I live for. 😆 Julian Savea is the only rookie name that I’m familiar with and have seen play.
    Whats going on with Josh Bekhuis. The NZ commentators seem to rate him quite highly, yet he never seems to get a sniff in the AB plans. Now I see he’s being used as a flanker by the Highlanders.
    Of the Blues no.8’s, I’m going to miss Ma’afu(sic). I thought he was exciting and played his part last season – can’t say the same for many of his teammates who reminded me of Les Bleus for the last umpteen seasons – it’s the same question matchday question, which Auckland Blues team will pitch up.

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.02.11 10:16:42 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 28) :

    Agreed re : The Blues….gee they look good on paper again though ! 😯

    Have a good look at Matt Todd when you get the chance plays either side of the scrum and will be their with McCaw resting for the first few rounds.

    I think he could make the AB’s this year at the RWC, could potentially be special !

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.02.11 10:22:03 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 29) :It’s high time another quality opensider showed his face. At the moment apart from McHardCaw there seem to be a number of mediocre no.7s in NZ rugby. A few years back a good player Johnny Leo’o was just a sub and guys like Holah, Masoe, a younger D.Braid, Blaikie were helping Richie keep the standard really high.
    I’ve been holding out for Luke Braid to come good. Now I can’t wait to see this Todd guy in action.

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.02.11 11:00:41 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 30) :

    Yes Beet agree with you about Daniel’s little brother Luke. He will be right in the mix for that vacant looseforward spot at the Blues. He was captain of the Under 20’s two seasons ago and saw some Super 14 action last year with the Chiefs. Apparently his move to Auckland has gone really well and could easily feature along side his big brother (maybe even at No 8).

    Don’t be too hard on our opensides.

    It has been a tough occupation plying their trade in the shadow of McCaw but this should be a really big season for the contenders as it looks like with the selection of Daniel Braid by the selectors on The EOYT that they will take a specialist back up for McCaw to the RWC – however they have also said that the selected player must show versatility.

    So who rates what is the pecking order out of these contenders.

    Daniel Braid
    Luke Braid
    Colin Bourke
    Tanerau Latimer
    Fritz Lee
    Liam Messam
    Scott Waldrom
    Rodney So’oialo
    Victor Vito
    Matt Todd
    George Whitelock
    Sonny Bill Williams
    Nick Crosswell
    Adam Thomson

    I guess of these guys they are all going to play second fiddle to McCaw, Kaino and Read

    …..so of the above list and anyone else you want to throw in they are all playing for two spots.

    Those spots are currently held by Daniel Braid (specialist openside) and Liam Messam (Utility)

    ….so out of the list who are their biggest threats !

    For me it is Matt Todd will be a threat to both and I think even with no experience could get a run in the Tri Nations as an openside if McCaw is rested during a game !

    … other than that expect Messam to come under pressure from !

    Victor Vito, Adam Thompson and a guy that no one really rates Fritz Lee from the Chiefs (will play along side Messam…interesting)

    Can you tell i’m hanging out for the start of the season proper ! 😆

  • Comment 31, posted at 08.02.11 00:17:12 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 31) : Victor Vito!!!!!! A name I’ve punted for a looooong time.

    Back turned flanker?

    The 1st player I ever chaparoned for anti-doping urine analysis.

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) :

    Sounds a scary sight ! 😯

    What goes on tour ! 😉

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.02.11 07:09:51 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • McCaw out for the first 6 Rounds with a stress fraction of the foot ! 😯

  • Comment 34, posted at 08.02.11 07:51:34 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 31) : Interesting to see SBW in your list of l/fwds.
    I’m also having my own coping issues. Yesterday with very little else to do, I took a bash at my greatest ever Highlanders team. Unfortunately whenever I do this kind of thing greatest always ends up being favourite. This explains my choices at 12 and 8. Here it goes:
    15 Nick Evans
    14 Paul Williams
    13 Pita Alatini
    12 Paul Steinmetz
    11 Aisea Tuilevu
    10 Tony Brown
    9 Byron Kellerher
    8 Samiu Vahafolau
    7 Josh Kronfeld
    6 Taine Randell
    5 Simon Maling
    4 Tom Donnelly
    3 Carl Hayman
    2 Ant Oliver
    1 Kees Meeuws

    16 Tom Willis
    17 Carl Hoeft
    18 Filipo Levi
    19 Isitolo Maka
    20 Danny Lee
    21 John Leslie
    22 Israel Dagg
    Sadly no space for Mapusua,Laney, Walker or Middleton. What do you think?

  • Comment 35, posted at 08.02.11 07:59:43 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 35) :

    Loving your work ! 😎

  • Comment 36, posted at 08.02.11 08:11:47 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 3) : To be honest , I’d rather have Tom Wood instead of James Gaskell , but then again I am a Northampton Saints supporter 😉 He debuted well for England and expect him to do so again v Italy as he does weekly for the Saints 🙂

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.02.11 14:14:34 by SharkyTaylor Reply

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