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Tuesday, October 12, 1999 Published at 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK

Worsley debut as Guscott dropped

Joe Worsley replaces Neil Back at open side flanker

England coach Clive Woodward makes six changes to the side to face Tonga on Friday, with flanker Joe Worsley winning his first cap and fly-half Jonny Wilkinson rested.

But there are doubts over the international future of centre Jeremy Guscott, who cannot even command a place on the replacements' bench.

England coach Clive Woodward: "This week they are the first choice"
Woodward's men must win their Friday clash with the Tongans at Twickenham to progress to the quarter-final play-offs.

Worsley, who was a surprise selection in England's World Cup squad, said he was "just shocked for a while" after learning he had got the nod against Tonga.

"Then I went in a room by myself and just jumped up and down. There is a lot of pressure on this game but we have a world class back row and I'm just over the moon to come in," he said.

Open side Neil Back moves to the bench in favour of the Wasps flanker, while former first-choice stand-off Paul Grayson gives Wilkinson the chance to recuperate after England's bruising 30-16 loss to New Zealand on Saturday.

Guscott out

Guscott has been dropped in favour of Will Greenwood, who returns from injury to reclaim his place in the team alongside Phil de Glanville.

Lock Danny Grewcock will also be warming the bench after a torrid time against the All Blacks, with Garath Archer taking his place alongside captain Martin Johnson in the scrum.

[ image: Jeremy Guscott: Dropped for Will Greenwood]
Jeremy Guscott: Dropped for Will Greenwood
Hooker Phil Greening gets his first World Cup start ahead of Richard Cockerill and veteran Jason Leonard makes way for Graham Rowntree.

Meanwhile, Tonga coach Dave Waterston has said he believes Lawrence Dallaglio and Wilkinson should have been cited for foul play in their match against New Zealand.

He said there is a discrepancy in the way the smaller nations are treated, compared to the big guns of the World Cup.

"Did no-one see Lawrence Dallaglio knee Jonah Lomu on Saturday or the fly-half Wilkinson put in that high tackle?" he said.

"It would appear to me that there is one rule for the rich and one rule for the poor in this tournament."

More Lomu trouble

Tongan full-back Siua Taumalolo was banned for three weeks for a high tackle committed against the All Blacks in their first Pool D match.

[ image: Jonah's cousin: Johnny Koloi in action]
Jonah's cousin: Johnny Koloi in action
Big-hitting Tonga have their sights set on an major upset on Friday, having narrowly overcome Italy 28-25 with a weakened side on Sunday.

"It's Roy of the Rovers stuff but this is a golden opportunity for Tonga," added Waterston.

"We want to show that a team from a tiny impoverished nation can compete with the big boys."

Key to their hopes will be Sonatane "Johnny" Koloi - Jonah Lomu's cousin and a 6ft 4in, 16 stone behemoth in his own right.


M Perry (Bath); A Healey, W Greenwood (both Leicester), P de Glanville (Bath), D Luger (Saracens); P Grayson, M Dawson (both Northampton); G Rowntree (Leicester), P Greening (Sale), P Vickery (Gloucester), M Johnson (Leicester), G Archer (Bristol), J Worsley (Wasps), R Hill (Saracens), L Dallaglio (Wasps).

Replacements: N Beal (Northampton), M Catt (Bath), J Wilkinson (Newcastle) , N Back (Leicester), D Grewcock (Saracens), J Leonard (Harlequins), R Cockerill (Leicester).

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