England Rugby Makes Four Changes for Samoa Game; Nick Easter Is Captain

England manager Martin Johnson made four changes to the team that beat Australia 35-18 in last weekend’s rugby international as the squad prepares to play Samoa at Twickenham in three days.

Hendre Fourie, Matt Banahan, James Haskell and David Wilson come into the starting lineup instead of rested captain Lewis Moody, Mike Tindall, Tom Croft and Dan Cole. Nick Easter will lead the side.

England team: B. Foden (Northampton); C. Ashton (Northampton), M. Banahan (Bath), S. Hape (Bath), M. Cueto (Sale); T. Flood (Leicester), B. Youngs (Leicester); A. Sheridan (Sale), D. Hartley (Northampton), D. Wilson (Bath), C. Lawes (Northampton), T. Palmer (Stade Francais), J. Haskell (Stade Francais), H. Fourie (Leeds), N. Easter (Harlequins, capt.). Replacements: S. Thompson (Leeds), D. Cole (Leicester), D. Attwood (Gloucester), T. Croft (Leicester), D. Care (Harlequins), C. Hodgson (Sale), D. Armitage (London Irish).

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