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England calls back Tindall and Worsley for Wales clash

ENGLAND coach Martin Johnson has gone for power over panache by recalling Mike Tindall and Joe Worsley to his starting team to face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

Tindall, who had to drop out of the side which beat Italy 36-11 last week with a back problem, starts at outside centre for Jamie Noon in the team announced yesterday.

Worsley, who came off the bench in Saturday's win, starts in the back row in place of Steffon Armitage, who failed to make much of an impact on his debut.

Worsley has limited experience at openside, his last start there for England coming in a 2007 World Cup warm-up, while his last start in any position was in the World Cup pool game against Samoa.

There are three changes to the bench. Scrumhalf Paul Hodgson, called up to the squad on Monday after Danny Care was ruled out, replaces Ben Foden, Toby Flood, ruled out last week with a twisted ankle, comes in for Shane Geraghty, who was yellow carded five minutes after joining the fray on Saturday, and Luke Narraway replaces Worsley.

After their stodgy display on Saturday Johnson must have been tempted to introduce more creativity to his side but Mathew Tait, who got only the last few minutes against the Italians, remains on the bench and Geraghty paid a heavy price for his rash in-the-air tackle. Instead he has gone for the sturdy experience of Tindall and the tough-tackling Worsley to negate the Welsh backs.


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