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England Rugby Starts Banahan in Place of Tindall Against Ireland

Matt Banahan will start for England in place of the injured Mike Tindall in this weekend’s match against Ireland, the final game in the rugby Six Nations tournament.

The change at center is the only one made by manager Martin Johnson from the 22-16 victory over Scotland last weekend. Banahan will play his 11th match for England, which could win the Grand Slam by defeating Ireland in Dublin. Nick Easter will be captain in Tindall’s absence.

David Strettle was added to the bench.

England team 15 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints) 14 Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints) 13 Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby) 12 Shontayne Hape (Bath Rugby) 11 Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks) 10 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)

9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

1 Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)

2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)

3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)

4 Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers)

5 Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)

6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

7 James Haskell (Stade Francais)

8 Nick Easter (Harlequins, Captain)

Replacements 16 Steve Thompson (Leeds Carnegie) 17 Paul Doran-Jones (Gloucester Rugby) 18 Simon Shaw (London Wasps) 19 Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers) 20 Danny Care (Harlequins) 21 Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon) 22 David Strettle (Saracens)

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