Mike Tindall will captain the England rugby team in this weekend’s World Cup warm-up match against Wales in Cardiff.
Tindall replaces the injured Lewis Moody as captain with manager Martin Johnson making 13 changes to his starting lineup from last week’s 23-19 win over Wales in London. Wing Mark Cueto and prop Alex Corbisiero are the only returning starters as Johnson rotates his squad ahead of his final World Cup selection on Aug. 22.
“Last weekend’s match was hugely competitive and we expect more of the same as we prepare to travel to the Millennium Stadium,” Johnson said in a statement. “We took a lot out of Saturday’s game and this weekend gives the selected players their opportunity and a chance for us to improve our overall performance.”
England plays its final warm-up match Aug. 27 in Ireland before opening the World Cup in New Zealand against Argentina on Sept. 10.
ENGLAND TEAM: 15 - Ben Foden (Northampton) 14 - Chris Ashton (Northampton) 13 - Mike Tindall (Gloucester, capt.), 12 - Shontayne Hape (London Irish) 11 - Mark Cueto (Sale) 10 - Toby Flood (Leicester) 9 - Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens) 1 - Alex Corbisiero (London Irish) 2 - Steve Thompson (Wasps) 3 - Dan Cole (Leicester) 4 - Louis Deacon (Leicester) 5 - Courtney Lawes (Northampton) 6 - Tom Wood (Northampton) 7 - Hendrie Fourie (Sale) 8 - Nick Easter (Harlequins) SUBSTITUTES. 16 - Lee Mears (Bath) 17 - Matt Stevens (Saracens) 18 - Tom Palmer (Stade Francais) 19 - James Haskell (Black Rams) 20 - Danny Care (Harlequins) 21 - Charlie Hodgson (Saracens) 22 - Matt Banahan (Bath)