Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Corbisiero to face Scotland

Alex Corbisiero

England manager Martin Johnson has made one change for Sunday's Calcutta Cup game against Scotland, with Alex Corbisiero replacing the injured Andrew Sheridan at loose-head prop.

Corbisiero will win his third cap after Sheridan tore his calf in England's 17-9 victory over France and was ruled out of the remainder of the RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Toby Flood has recovered from the Achilles injury that forced him off against France to continue at fly-half in a settled starting team.

Johnson has made two alterations to his bench for the Scotland clash.

Tom Croft returns to an England squad for the first time since fracturing his shoulder against South Africa in the final international of the autumn campaign.

The Leicester flanker has replaced Hendre Fourie among the replacements after proving his fitness in three appearances for the Tigers.

Gloucester prop Paul Doran-Jones has been promoted to fill Corbisiero's place on the bench, with David Wilson still struggling with an ankle problem.

But fit-again Northampton lock Courtney Lawes will have to wait for his return to England action, with veteran lock Simon Shaw continuing to provide the second-row cover.

England team: B Foden (Northampton Saints); C Ashton (Northampton Saints), M Tindall (Gloucester Rugby, capt), S Hape (Bath Rugby), M Cueto (Sale Sharks); T Flood (Leicester Tigers), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers); A Corbisiero (London Irish), 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), P Doran-Jones (Gloucester), S Shaw (London Wasps), T Croft (Leicester Tigers), D Care (Harlequins), J Wilkinson (Toulon), M Banahan (Bath Rugby).

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