Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Farrell Will Be an Andy Performer!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Farrell Will Be an Andy Performer!

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Andy Farrell has been backed to "bark out the orders" when he makes his Test debut in a new-look England team against Scotland on Saturday.

Farrell, his former Wigan rugby league colleague Jason Robinson and a fit-again Newcastle ace Jonny Wilkinson are the headline acts as England target a show-stopping display less than three months after a capacity Twickenham audience booed them off.

While memories of the demoralising autumn displays ( three defeats in four Tests and a first home loss to Argentina ( remain, head coach Brian Ashton has already started shaking things up ahead of the Six Nations.

Only two players, flanker Joe Worsley and No 8 Martin Corry, remain in their starting positions from a 25-14 reversal against South Africa 10 weeks ago.

England have a new captain, Wasps prop Phil Vickery, yet the side contains eight World Cup-winning squad members, although that will drop to seven if full-back Iain Balshaw's groin injury sidelines him following fitness checks later today. …

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