Catt called in to start at inside centre

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England have handed Mike Catt a start at inside centre in Sunday's World Cup semi-final with France. The Bath midfielder transformed the team in the quarter-final against Wales last weekend after being introduced at half-time. Trevor Woodman, the Gloucester prop, is at loosehead prop, with Jason Leonard back on the bench. Josh Lewsey returns at full-back and Richard Hill is back in the back row

ENGLAND: J Lewsey (Wasps); J Robinson (Sale), W Greenwood (Harlequins), M Catt (Bath), B Cohen (Northampton); J Wilkinson (Newcastle), M Dawson (Northampton); T Woodman (Gloucester), S Thompson (Northampton), P Vickery (Gloucester), M Johnson (Leicester, capt), B Kay (Leicester), R Hill (Saracens), N Back (Leicester), L Dallaglio (Wasps). Replacements: D West (Leicester), J Leonard (Harlequins), M Corry (Leicester), L Moody (Leicester), K Bracken (Saracens), M Tindall (Bath), I Balshaw (Bath).

FRANCE: N Brusque (Biarritz); A Rougerie (Montferrand), T Marsh (Montferrand), Y Jauzion (Toulouse), C Dominici (Stade Français); F Michalak (Toulouse), F Galthié (capt, Stade Français); J-J Crenca (Agen), R Ibanez (Castres), S Marconnet (Stade Français), F Pelous (Toulouse), J Thion (Perpignan), S Betsen (Biarritz), O Magne (Montferrand), I Harinordoquy (Pau). Replacements: Y Bru (Toulouse), O Milloud (Bourgoin), D Auradou , C Labit (both Stade Français), G Merceron (Montferrand), D Traille (Pau), C Poitrenaud (Toulouse).

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