matt banahan bath

Matt Banahan eyeing up his next victim

BATH wing Matt Banahan has been picked in the England centres for the trip to Ireland after Mike Tindall accepted the inevitable and dropped out of the game with an ankle injury.

With Tindall out of the picture, Nick Easter takes over as captain with David Strettle coming on to the bench to replace Banahan,

Full team: B Foden (Northampton Saints); C Ashton (Northampton Saints), M Banahan (Bath Rugby), S Hape (Bath Rugby), M Cueto (Sale Sharks); T Flood (Leicester Tigers), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers); A Corbisiero (London Irish), D Hartley (Northampton Saints), D Cole (Leicester Tigers), L Deacon (Leicester Tigers), T Palmer (Stade Francais), T Wood (Northampton Saints), J Haskell (Stade Francais), N Easter (Harlequins, capt).

Replacements: S Thompson (Leeds Carnegie), P Doran-Jones (Gloucester), S Shaw (London Wasps), T Croft (Leicester Tigers), D Care (Harlequins), J Wilkinson (Toulon), D Strettle (Saracens).

  • Alex Lightfoot

    The media had a big influence on this game, people like Ben Youngs and Toby Flood started to believe their hype and didn’t perform. Although in my opinion Ireland raised their game and played well, the outcome of this match was decided by Bryce Lawrence!!!!! Most of his decisions were beyond me!
    1. Southern Hemisphere referees cannot officiate the scrum correctly, proved by Mr. Lawrence’s inconsistency. It was more like a lottery.
    2. A high tackle by Chris Ashton in the first half results in an Irish penalty, but the tackle on Ben Foden by O’Callaghan and one by Heaslip in the second half were far worse, both play on. Incidental, the tackle by O’Callaghan was during the build up to their try!
    3. Hypocrisy!!!! Ben Youngs throws the ball away when no Irish player is interested in taking a quick one 5 metres out!! Then O’gara and co. stop England taking a quick penalty with no consequences.

    Ireland played well….very well; England never deserved to win. But the refereeing of Bryce Lawrence convinces me that the Scrum laws need to be changed, and all Southern Hemisphere Elite Panel refs need to learn how to officiate the Scrum. Especially Mr. Lawrence, he had a shocker……………