BBC Sport rugbyunion


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 12:00 GMT, Wednesday, 18 November 2009

England call-up for Erinle & Shaw

International: England v New Zealand
Venue: Twickenham Kick-off: 1430 GMT, Saturday 21 November
Coverage: Live on Sky Sports 2, BBC Radio 5 live, highlights on BBC Three at 1900 and BBC Two at 1130 Sunday. Text commentary on BBC Sport website

Biarritz centre Ayoola Erinle
Erinle won his first England cap off the bench in the loss to Australia

Biarritz centre Ayoola Erinle and Wasps lock Simon Shaw have been named in the England team for Saturday's game against New Zealand at Twickenham.

Erinle comes in at inside centre in place of Northampton's Shane Geraghty to win his first Test start.

Shaw, 36, replaces Louis Deacon in the second row while fellow Wasp Joe Worsley is named on the blind-side flank in place of Tom Croft.

Mark Cueto moves to full-back, with Ugo Monye switching to the wing.

Geraghty, Deacon and Croft all drop to the bench while Sale back Mathew Tait is also among the replacements, as is fit-again prop David Wilson.


England manager Martin Johnson has made a total of three personnel changes to the side that laboured to a 16-9 victory over Argentina last weekend.

Johnson said he was just getting on with the job, despite criticisms of last Saturday's performance.

"Let's not forget we won against Argentina, a fact that appears to have been lost," he said.

"People pipe up with an opinion but we have to get on with it. We take it with a pinch of salt. Of course I still believe I'm up to it.

"You can't deny the pressure is there but you deal with it. We won against Argentina and dug ourselves out of a hole to beat a team that is ranked fourth in the world."

By naming the powerful Erinle at inside centre, Johnson has opted for more of a physical presence in midfield than that provided by Geraghty.

Erinle left Wasps for Leicester in 2007 but struggled to establish himself at Welford Road and spent time on loan at Championship club Nottingham last year before leaving for France this summer.

The 29-year-old was drafted into England's Elite Player Squad after Gloucester's Mike Tindall pulled out through injury and is named at 12 despite playing most of his career at outside centre.

"It is one of the tougher games to make your starting debut in. It is a baptism of fire but I will rise to the challenge," said Erinle.

"I am no Shane Geraghty, there won't be any razzle-dazzle or throwing miss-passes. The coaches have picked me for my size and strength and my more abrasive game."

I'd rather win a game and then get criticised for style afterwards

England manager Martin Johnson

His selection, together with that of the tough-tackling Worsley at six, suggests that Johnson is determined to nullify the All Blacks' attacking threat at Twickenham.

Johnson said: "Erinle and Worsley are great ball carriers. We know we will have to defend on Saturday but if you can bring those two players in it's a great opportunity.

"The guys have to be able to defend and attack. It's not that Shane or Tom have done anything wrong, it's a case of picking a team to win the game.

"I'd rather win a game and then get criticised for style afterwards. We were a bit conservative in the first half on Saturday.

"We fixed it, maybe later than we should have done, but we got the game won which was the important thing."


England, who have suffered a horrendous injury list, have come in for strong criticism for their displays so far this autumn.

They were booed off at half-time in last Saturday's win over Argentina so the return of Shaw is a welcome piece of good news for the under-fire coaching staff.

Shaw was outstanding for the British and Irish Lions against South Africa, producing a brilliant display in the second-Test defeat before playing a key role in their win over the world champions in the third Test.

England lock Simon Shaw
Shaw last played for England in the win over Scotland back in March

A foot injury ruled him out of the England Tests against Australia and Argentina and his experience will be key against the All Blacks.

Deacon has started both of the autumn Tests but he is among the replacements after 20-year-old Courtney Lawes was released back to Northampton on Tuesday.

Tait will have the chance to impress off the bench after being deemed surplus to requirements for the last two weekends.

The versatile Sale player can cover full-back, wing and outside centre, and if used as a replacement, could provide more of a cutting edge to a back division that has struggled to create chances.

Monye started the last two games at full-back, having been switched from his regular position on the wing, but was moved out of the firing line against Argentina after a nightmare first half.

New Zealand have won their last seven Tests against England. The last time England managed a victory over the All Blacks was when, as a player, Johnson led his side to a 15-13 triumph in 2003.

"People have said this isn't a vintage All Black team but even a bad one, and this one isn't, will be ranked first or second in the world," added Johnson.

"To beat them we have to be in it in the last 10 minutes and so you take it in small chunks.

"We have to start well. We didn't change quickly enough last week. Experienced teams do that so it's a good team who can change what they are doing during the match.

"The All Blacks will get a break, will get round you and get points, but you have to have the confidence that you can come back from that.

"The guys have had their frustrations but their mood is good and they want to go out and play."

England: Cueto (Sale); Banahan (Bath), Hipkiss (Leicester), Erinle (Biarritz), Monye (Harlequins); Wilkinson (Toulon), Hodgson (London Irish); Payne (Wasps), Hartley (Northampton), Bell (Bath), Shaw (Wasps), Borthwick (Saracens, capt), Worsley (Wasps), Moody (Leicester), Haskell (Stade Francais).
Replacements: Thompson (Brive), Wilson (Bath), Deacon (Leicester), Croft (Leicester), Care (Harlequins), Geraghty (Northampton), Tait (Sale).

Print Sponsor

see also
All Blacks bring in star players
20 Nov 09 |  Rugby Union
Coaches insist England are united
17 Nov 09 |  English
Jeremy Guscott Q&A
17 Nov 09 |  Rugby Union
De Malmanche gets All Blacks call
17 Nov 09 |  Rugby Union
Johnson losing patience with team
14 Nov 09 |  English
England 16-9 Argentina
14 Nov 09 |  English
Italy 6-20 New Zealand
14 Nov 09 |  Rugby Union
Carter given one-match suspension
10 Nov 09 |  Welsh
England 9-18 Australia
07 Nov 09 |  Rugby Union
Wales 12-19 New Zealand
07 Nov 09 |  Welsh
Shaw boost for injury-hit England
28 Oct 09 |  Rugby Union

related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.