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Haskell returns for England

08th February 2013 10:51


James Haskell England

James Haskell: In for Ben Morgan

England coach Stuart Lancaster has named Wasps flanker James Haskell in his starting XV for Sunday's Six Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin.

Haskell has been selected at blindside flanker in a reshuffled back row, with Tom Wood switching to number eight in place of the injured Ben Morgan.

It is the only change to the run-on side that did duty in the 38-18 Calcutta Cup victory over Scotland at Twickenham last weekend. That means there's no place for dynamic centre Manu Tuilagi who returns from an ankle injury on the replacments bench.

Haskell's last start in the Six Nations was also in Dublin, in 2011, when Ireland shattered England's Grand Slam ambitions with a a 24-8 victory.

Morgan left the field with an ankle injury in the 45th minute of the Test against Scotland but Haskell impressed when he came on as a replacement.

Haskell's elevation to the starting line-up means Thomas Waldrom comes into the matchday squad on the bench.

Tuilagi takes over from David Strettle amongst the replacements.

The Leicester stalwart's return to fitness meant Lancaster was left with a selection poser after debutant Billy Twelvetrees and Brad Barritt shone as a midfield combination against Scotland.

But Lancaster has decided to use Tuilagi off the bench as an impact player.

"A lot of the players performed very well and with Manu coming back into the equation it gave us some selection decisions," Lancaster said.

"But with the centres playing well last week and Manu still returning to match fitness, having not played for the last four weeks, he and others will give us great options from the bench in what I am sure will be a physical encounter."

England: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Brad Barritt, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Mike Brown, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Tom Wood, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 James Haskell, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 David Wilson, 18 Mako Vunipola, 19 Courtney Lawes 20 Thomas Waldrom, 21 Danny Care, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Manu Tuilagi.

Date: Sunday, 10 February
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Jérôme Garces (France)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Pascal Gauzere (France)
Television match official: Iain Ramage (Scotland)

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