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Andrew Sheridan replaces Tim Payne for England

England v New Zealand
Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday 6 November Kick-off: 1430 GMT Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, text commentary and live scores on BBC Sport website, Live on Sky Sports 1; Highlights on BBC Three and online Sat 1930 GMT, and Sun 7 Nov on BBC Two and online 1130


Johnson urges England to make early impact

Andrew Sheridan has replaced Tim Payne at loose-head prop in England's starting XV for Saturday's match against New Zealand at Twickenham.

Sheridan is the only change to the side which beat Australia in Sydney in June.

Hooker Steve Thompson held off the challenge of Dylan Hartley, who missed the summer tour with injury.

And captain Lewis Moody, who suffered a career-threatening eye injury last month and needed stitches in a head wound last week, is fit.

There are two uncapped players on the bench in the shape of Gloucester lock David Attwood and Leeds flanker Hendre Fourie, who come in for Simon Shaw and James Haskell.


And with Jonny Wilkinson missing all four November internationals with a shoulder injury, Sale's Charlie Hodgson is named on the bench as fly-half cover for Toby Flood.

There are only two survivors from Martin Johnson's side who played the All Blacks last autumn - Moody and wing Mark Cueto.

Sheridan, who dislocated his left shoulder in October 2009 and also missed the summer tour down under, won the last of his 32 England caps against Scotland in the 2009 Six Nations.

And England manager Johnson said of him: "He is a very strong player and we feel we can get more out of Andy. They [New Zealand] are a big unit so it's going to be a big challenge."

Hape relishing All Blacks Test

Meanwhile, Johnson dismissed the idea that New Zealand's last-gasp defeat by Australia on Saturday will have adversely affected them mentally.

He said: "It was an intense game. When you are playing against the top sides in the world, mistakes get punished.

"Margins are tight, Australia have got better as they have gone through the season, they won with the last kick of the game, but that's the nature of it.

"New Zealand are a pretty mature team. They will see the mistakes they made, I don't think it will affect their self-belief."

As well as the All Blacks, who lost their first Test in 16 against Australia on Saturday, Johnson's side face Australia, Samoa and South Africa in successive weeks.

The All Blacks have won their last eight matches against England and are seeking another clean sweep of the home nations, with games against Scotland, Ireland, and Wales to come.

Sheridan confident after injury lay-off

And while the rest of the world has been getting excited about the free-flowing, high scoring rugby that has characterised the Tri-Nations, England defence coach Mike Ford is determined to keep the game tight.

"Three of those [Tri-Nations] matches averaged 77 points and to me that isn't Test rugby," he said.

"Even on Saturday, which was a fantastic game [when Australia beat New Zealand 26-24], there were 50 points.

"We want to make this a good old-fashioned rugby game. Whatever you think that means, we know what we think it means and we're pretty confident with what we can do defensively.

"We have a 'no excuse' mentality. It's never a case of us saying: 'They've just scored one so we'll go back and score one at the other end'."

England: Ben Foden (Northampton); Mark Cueto (Sale), Mike Tindall (Gloucester), Shontayne Hape (Bath), Chris Ashton (Northampton); Toby Flood (Leicester), Ben Youngs (Leicester); Andrew Sheridan (Sale), Steve Thompson (Leeds), Dan Cole (Leicester), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Tom Palmer (Stade Francais), Tom Croft (Leicester), Lewis Moody (Bath, capt), Nick Easter (Harlequins)

Replacements: Dylan Hartley (Northampton), David Wilson (Bath), David Attwood (Gloucester), Hendre Fourie (Leeds), Danny Care (Harlequins), Charlie Hodgson (Sale), Delon Armitage (London Irish).

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see also
Williams to make All Blacks debut
04 Nov 10 |  Rugby Union
Australia 26-24 New Zealand
30 Oct 10 |  Rugby Union
Harlequins 6-6 Bath
31 Oct 10 |  English
Wilkinson to miss November Tests
29 Oct 10 |  English
BBC to screen autumn rugby Tests
26 Oct 10 |  Rugby Union
Australia 20-21 England
19 Jun 10 |  English
England 6-19 New Zealand
21 Nov 09 |  English

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