Noon set to fill in for injured Tindall
Jamie Noon has answered England's latest injury SOS and will start against Italy in the RBS 6 Nations opener at Twickenham today after Mike Tindall was ruled out with a back injury.
Noon was left out of the original matchday 22 but returned to the squad on Thursday after Tindall damaged his back during a weights session.
England confirmed last night that Tindall had failed to recover in time and that Noon (pictured) would go straight into the starting XV, with Mathew Tait retained on the bench.
Noon's inclusion is the second change England manager Martin Johnson has had to make to the side he named to face Italy on Tuesday lunchtime.
Scrum-half Harry Ellis was called up from the Saxons to replace Danny Care, who slipped on the ice at England's training base and damaged ankle ligaments.
Noon offers Johnson a like-for-like replacement for Tindall as a physical, hard-tackling outside centre.
The 29-year-old cemented his place in the Test team last year with Tindall out injured, starting in nine of England's 11 internationals including all four autumn internationals.
Tindall was overlooked for the autumn but his form and experience earned him a place in Johnson's Six Nations plans — only for his injury jinx to strike again.