Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

James Back for Big England Test

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

James Back for Big England Test

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England will protect a ten-year unbeaten record against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday - with Middlesbrough's James Simpson-Daniel back in the starting line-up.

Head coach Clive Woodward, who is warning his World Cup hopefuls to expect a "tough test", has chosen to rest the entire starting line-up which accounted for Australia and New Zealand just over eight weeks ago.

But he can still parade a side boasting more than 300 caps and containing four Test Lions - skipper Jason Leonard, hooker Mark Regan, lock Danny Grewcock and flanker Martin Corry.

Leeds full-back Dan Scarbrough and Wasps centre Stuart Abbott will make their Test debuts, while experienced Leicester forwards Julian White and Lewis Moody are back following prolonged injury problems.

England's opening World Cup warm-up fixture, though, has obvious banana-skin potential, given that Wales coach Steve Hansen is set to field his strongest possible team.

The game will inevitably be viewed as a Wales first XV against England seconds, yet Woodward has no doubt about the ability of his players to perform. …

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