Robinson And Vickery Out As England Make Six Changes
19 March 2002 12:15pm
Jason Robinson and Phil Vickery will miss England's Triple Crown clash with Wales at Twickenham.
Sale Sharks full back Robinson is sidelined with a lower abdominal injury, while Vickery is ruled out with an ankle problem.
The injuries have forced England manager Clive Woodward into a reshuffle of his back division with the versatile Austin Healey switching to full back and Dan Luger returning to action on the right wing. It will be Healey's first international outing at full back.
Up front, there are changes in every row of the scrum from the side that lost in France.
Bristol's Julian White takes over from the injured Vickery at tight head prop, Danny Grewcock comes in for the suspended Martin Johnson and Lewis Moody comes in at blindside flanker as Joe Worsley reverts to the replacements bench.
Richard Hill moves from No 6 to No 8 and Neil Back captains the side in the absence of his Leicester team mate Johnson.
There are also changes among the replacements. Matt Dawson moves up from the A team, Charlie Hodgson returns after injury and Tim Stimpson takes over from Iain Balshaw.
ENGLAND (v Wales)
Austin Healey (Leicester Tigers); Dan Luger (NEC Harlequins), Will Greenwood (NEC Harlequins), Mike Tindall (Bath), Ben Cohen (Northampton Saints); Jonny Wilkinson (Newcastle Falcons), Kyran Bracken (Saracens); Graham Rowntree (Leicester Tigers), Steve Thompson (Northampton Saints), Julian White (Bristol Shoguns), Ben Kay (Leicester Tigers), Danny Grewcock (Bath), Lewis Moody (Leicester Tigers), Neil Back (Leicester Tigers), Richard Hill (Saracens).
Replacements: Dorian West (Leicester Tigers), Jason Leonard (NEC Harlequins), Martin Corry (Leicester Tigers), Joe Worsley (London Wasps), Matt Dawson (Northampton Saints), Charlie Hodgson (Sale Sharks), Tim Stimpson (Leicester Tigers).
Wales U20 duo Leon Brown and Lloyd Lewis face a busy couple of weeks ahead. Not only will they have a Junior World Championship to take part in, they are both sitting A Level exams during the competition.
Wales U20 face a tough group in the Junior World Championship with France, England and Japan lying in wait but Attack coach Jason Strange and back rower Tom Phillips are looking forward to the campaign ahead.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.