Banahan on the bench for England opener

8 September 2011

Congratulations to Matt Banahan, who has been selected in the England squad to face Argentina on Saturday morning in England's opening game of the Rugby World Cup. It will be Banahan's first appearance at a World Cup if he comes off the bench.

Delon Armitage, a try-scoring replacement against Ireland in Dublin a fortnight ago, is one of 10 players making their tournament bows in a team captained by Mike Tindall.

Armitage, who takes over from Mark Cueto and Nick Easter's inclusion at No 8 – James Haskell moves to open-side in place of Lewis Moody – are the two personnel changes from the starting XV at the Aviva Stadium.

England team to face Argentina

15 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)

14 Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints)

13 ManusamoaTuilagi (Leicester Tigers)

12 Mike Tindall (capt, Gloucester Rugby)

11 Delon Armitage (London Irish)

10 Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon)

9 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)

1 Andrew Sheridan (Sale Sharks)

2 Steve Thompson (London Wasps)

3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)

4 Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers)

5 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

6 Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)

7 James Haskell (Ricoh Black Rams)

8 Nick Easter (Harlequins)


16 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)

17 Matt Stevens (Saracens)

18 Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)

19 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

20 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

21 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)

22 Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby)

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