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Mark Cueto returns as one of seven changes for Romania

22 September 2011

  • Mark Cueto returns as one of seven changes for Romania
  • Wilkinson, Tindall, Thompson, Corbisiero, Deacon and Croft also start
England wing Marck Cueto in action during the Rugby World Cup warm up against Wales in Cardiff

Photo: Getty Images

Mark Cueto returns to England’s starting line-up as Team Manager Martin Johnson makes seven changes for the third Pool B clash against Romania at the Otago Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday.

The Sale Sharks wing will win his 54th cap after being ruled out of the first two Rugby World Cup games with a back problem picked up in the final warm-up match against Ireland in Dublin.

From the side which defeated Georgia 41-10 last Sunday, three 2003 Rugby World Cup winners also return, with Mike Tindall (Gloucester Rugby), Jonny Wilkinson (RC Toulon) and Steve Thompson (London Wasps) restored at inside centre, fly half and hooker respectively .

In the pack, London Irish loosehead prop Alex Corbisiero will make his first start of the tournament, with Leicester Tigers pair Louis Deacon and Tom Croft also returning from the outset.

Captain Lewis Moody (Bath Rugby) will continue at openside flanker, with Ricoh Black Rams’ James Haskell playing his second game in succession at No.8. Hooker Lee Mears and prop David Wilson, both of Bath Rugby, will hope to make their first appearances of the tournament from the bench.

England Team to face Romania
Player Club
15 Ben Foden Northampton Saints
14 Chris Ashton Northampton Saints
13 Manu Tuilagi Leicester Tigers
12 Mike Tindall Gloucester Rugby
11 Mark Cueto Sale Sharks
10 Jonny Wilkinson RC Toulon
9 Ben Youngs Leicester Tigers
1 Alex Corbisiero London Irish
2 Steve Thompson London Wasps
3 Dan Cole Leicester Tigers
4 Louis Deacon Leicester Tigers
5 Tom Palmer Stade Francais
6 Tom Croft Leicester Tigers
7 Lewis Moody Bath Rugby
8 James Haskell Ricoh Black Rams
Replacements
Player Club
16 Lee Mears Bath Rugby
17 David Wilson Bath Rugby
18 Simon Shaw Unattached
19 Tom Wood Northampton Saints
20 Richard Wigglesworth Saracens
21 Toby Flood Leicester Tigers
22 Delon Armitage London Irish