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England ready to name two spinners for second Test

Martin Johnson to try new look midfield for England

Martin Johnson has named a new-look midfield of Jonny Wilkinson, Mike Tindall and Manu Tuilagi for England's final World Cup warm-up international against Ireland on Saturday.

England flanker James Haskell passed fit to face Ireland

England flanker James Haskell has been passed fit for selection against Ireland on Saturday.

Haskell joins England's walking wounded

England's last-minute planning for the World Cup in New Zealand, already disrupted by injury concerns over three leading players, were further undermined yesterday when the flanker James Haskell, a prominent contributor to the Six Nations Championship victory in the spring, broke down with foot trouble. The 26-year-old back-row forward must have the injury scanned and is in danger of missing this weekend's final warm-up match with Ireland in Dublin.

England coach Graham Rowntree eager for revenge over Ireland

England's quest for revenge will ensure Saturday's final Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Ireland is anything but a friendly, according to scrum coach Graham Rowntree

Highs and lows in England camp after squad revealed

There were extremes of emotion yesterday as Lewis Moody was named as England's Rugby World Cup captain but there was no place for Riki Flutey in the squad for New Zealand.

Johnson gambles with England squad heavy on bulk, light on skill

Coach selects five props in World Cup party, leaves Flutey out and opts for only two wings. Chris Hewett assesses the group

Woodward warns of 'a bit of a hole' in the England ranks

Johnson will 'live or die' by his squad choices, says World Cup-winning coach

Johnson grapples with the perennial Moody question

At least Martin Johnson is in good company. Neither South Africa, winners of the World Cup in 2007, nor England, the runners-up four years ago, look in the best possible shape as they count down the days to the 2011 tournament.

Martin Johnson defends England side after defeat

A defiant Martin Johnson insists England have not become a poor side overnight following their disappointing 19-9 World Cup warm-up defeat to Wales in Cardiff.

England squad wait on World Cup decision

Alex Corbisiero and his England squad-mates face a nervous wait this week as Martin Johnson whittles the group down to a final 30 for the Rugby World Cup.

Change of guard as Johnson strives to find the perfect fit

There was an amusing moment yesterday when Martin Johnson, the England manager, was heard to ask: "Who is to say what our strongest team might be?" In an instant, he had answered his own question. "I guess we are," he replied to himself, referring to the back-room group he has led for almost three and a half years. It was an illuminating episode. Johnson has made 13 changes to his starting line-up for tomorrow's meeting with Wales in Cardiff and ended up with a combination every bit as well equipped as the one that prevailed over the same opposition at Twickenham six days ago.

Scans reveal Lewis Moody suffering mild ligament strain

England captain Lewis Moody will be given every chance to prove his fitness for the Rugby World Cup after suffering a mild ligament strain in his right knee.

Moody may be a risk too far for England's World Cup trip

Johnson says he is hopeful after captain has scan but he must reassess his options for New Zealand

Johnson ruffles feathers with his culling strategy

Lingering sense of injustice after five dropped from World Cup squad before Wales warm-up game

Stevens given World Cup hope by Saxons call-up

Prop forwards generally move in pedestrian ways, their wonders to perform, but Matt Stevens has a reputation for doing things differently. His re-emergence as an international-class tight forward – the first stage of his career ended abruptly when his "recreational" dabblings with cocaine turned into a serious habit – continued at a sprinter's pace yesterday when he was named in the second-string England Saxons squad for the annual Churchill Cup tournament, which begins this weekend.

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