RUGBY UNION: Perry in Line-Up for National Honour
COVENTRY scrum-half Shaun Perry is in the starting line-up for England Counties in tomorrow's game against France Amateurs at Newbury (6pm).
Coach Mark Nelson hopes his side can reproduce the form they showed on tour in Canada last summer when the second tier national side impressed in both games, in particular the 38-17 victory against a Canadian Super League representative side.
They are still searching for a first win against the French after 26- 24 and 27-18 defeats at Blagnac and Henley respectively in 2003, and to change that Nelson hopes his blend of ten old hands and some talented new recruits can tame the French up front before releasing their attacking runners.
"The Canada tour was excellent, we won both games and beat what was effectively Canada A," said Nelson.
"There are ten of those players in this squad and a good representation of players from National Two. From what we have seen at training we should have a good side on duty and do well against the French."
Perry was one of the stars of the show in Canada, while Sale's James Moore, who scored two tries and totalled 27 points in the two previous meetings with France, is an example of how the England Counties set-up can help develop promising young players.
"Shaun and James did very well on tour in Canada and have gone on and improved since then," said Nelson. …