Mears and Wilson named on bench for England

22 September 2011

Lee Mears and David Wilson will hope to make their first appearances of the Rugby World Cup after being named on the bench for England's third Pool B clash against Romania on Saturday.

They will join Bath teammate Lewis Moody on the squad, as he once again leads the side from openside.

In one of seven changes to the side, Mark Cueto returns for his first appearance of the tournament, with Delon Armitage moving to the bench,

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.

England team to face Romania

15 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)

14 Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints)

13 Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)

12 Mike Tindall (Gloucester Rugby)

11 Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks)

10 Jonny Wilkinson (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, capt)

8 James Haskell (Ricoh Black Rams)


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)

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