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Last Updated: Monday, 15 March, 2004, 15:05 GMT
Tindall back for England
Mike Tindall
Mike Tindall has recovered from his ankle injury
England centre Mike Tindall will make his international return in Saturday's RBS Six Nations clash against Wales.

Tindall last played for England in the World Cup final, before injuring his ankle against Saracens in December.

The Bath stalwart will start alongside Will Greenwood at centre, as Jason Robinson and Josh Lewsey revert to full-back and wing.

In the pack, Chris Jones is preferred to Joe Worsley and Bath lock Danny Grewcock replaces Steve Borthwick.

Veteran flanker Neil Back, who announced his intention to retire at the end of the Six Nations, again misses out and now looks certain to have played his last international.

Gloucester flyer James Simpson-Daniel will also be disappointed, as he again starts on the bench.

But there is better news for hooker Steve Thompson, who has kept his place despite his dismal performance in the 19-13 home defeat to Ireland.

The Saints number two endured a miserable day at the line-out and was replaced by the impressive Mark Regan mid-way through the second half.

Woodward admitted he was glad to see a number of experienced players return to the fold.

"It's good to see a few of the more established players coming back," he said.

"With Tindall back this allows Jason Robinson to move back to the position he likes best and I like him in best - full-back.

"With Grewcock coming back, he's been the guy along with Simon Shaw earmarked to replace Martin Johnson.

"Missing both those players last weekend was a big blow to us."


England: Robinson (Sale), Lewsey (Wasps), Greenwood (Halrequins), Tindall (Bath), Cohen (Northampton), Grayson (Northampton), Dawson (Northampton), Woodman (Gloucester), Thompson (Northampton), Vickery (Gloucester), Grewcock (Bath), Kay (Leicester), Jones (Sale), Hill (Saracens), Dallaglio (Wasps, capt).

Replacements: Regan (Leeds), White (Leicester), Borthwick (Bath), Worsley (Wasps), Gomarsall (Gloucester), Catt (Bath), Simpson-Daniel ( Gloucester).




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England coach Clive Woodward
"It's good to see a few established players coming back"



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