Worsley back in England 22 for RBS 6 Nations opener against Wales

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FORMER Welwyn Rugby Club player Joe Worsley returns to the England 22 for the country’s RBS 6 Nations opener in Wales on Friday.

The World Cup-winning London Wasps veteran is on the bench for England’s test against the Welsh in the Millennium Stadium on Friday night, 7.45pm kick-off.

The versatile back-row forward replaces Leeds player Hendre Fourie in Martin Johnson’s team plans.

Now 33, the tough-tackling Worsley has won 77 caps, placing him joint sixth with scrum-half Matt Dawson in England’s all-time list.

One of those ahead of him, Toulon fly-half Jonny Wilkinson, also returns to the bench in Cardiff on Friday.

The side will be captained by 2003 World Cup winner Mike Tindall.

The full England team is:

15 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)

14 Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints)

13 Mike Tindall (Gloucester Rugby, captain)

12 Shontayne Hape (Bath Rugby)

11 Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks)

10 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)

9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

1 Andrew Sheridan (Sale Sharks)

2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)

3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)

4 Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers)

5 Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)

6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

7 James Haskell (Stade Francais)

8 Nick Easter (Harlequins)

Replacements:

16 Steve Thompson (Leeds Carnegie)

17 David Wilson (Bath Rugby)

18 Simon Shaw (London Wasps)

19 Joe Worsley (London Wasps)

20 Danny Care (Harlequins)

21 Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon)

22 Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby)


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