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Put Yourself in Andy Robinson's Position

31 October 2005

The England Head Coach is busy selecting his starting XV ahead of the first Investec Challenge match against Australia but how well do you think you would do in his position? Click here to find out!

O2, Proud sponsor of the England Rugby Team, and RFU.com, the official website of the England team, have launched  the O2 Selection Challenge -  a new, free to play, online game which puts you in Robinson's shoes this autumn.  If you can correctly predict which 15 players Andy Robinson will choose for each of the three Investec Challenge matches you will be entered into a special prize draw  after each game to win an O2 England Shirt and you could even win tickets to watch an England home game in the RBS 6 Nations next spring.  

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Robinson has already announced the 30 man squad from which he will select the starting players for each test match, full squad profiles are available on RFU.com. 

Has London Wasps kicking sensation Mark van Gisbergen done enough for his club to earn his first England cap?  Will Robinson choose a Bath back row combination of Steve Borthwick and Danny Grewcock or will he try a new combination and include Simon Shaw (London Wasps) alongside Louis Deacon from Leicester Tigers?  With three exciting matches being staged at Twickenham this autumn against Australia, New Zealand and Samoa why not challenge your friends and family to see how many players you can correctly predict?    A special discussion forum is set up here on RFU.com so you can debate your team selection amongst your mates 

RFU online manager James Burke said "This is a great opportunity for England Rugby fans to put themselves in the head coaches' role  and select the starting XV's for England's Investec Challenege matches.  Fans can play to win a pair of RBS 6 Nations tickets, or they can just play to get one up on a mate - with three Investec Challenege fixtures this autumn there will be plenty of action to get the banter going"
 
Carlotta Calleri Zavanelli, Head of Sport Sponsorship at O2, said: "O2 is a proud sponsor of the England Rugby team, and aims to provide both fans with the best experiences in rugby. We are delighted to be part of this joint initiative with the RFU.com, which offers great interactivity and the chance to win some fantastic England Rugby prizes. It completely fits with O2's ongoing strategy of deepening fans' involvement through O2 experiences, which include the chance to play on the Twickenham pitch, meet their rugby heroes, win signed shirts, train with the players and much more."


To find out more and to register your team selection ahead of the big, opening match against Australia please visit click here 

To find out about exclusive offers for O2 customers at England matches this Autumn, go to www.blueroom.o2.co.uk