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Topsy Ojo earns first England cap against All Blacks

Topsy Ojo earns first England cap against All Blacks

London Irish winger Topsy Ojo was named Tuesday among three new caps in the England lineup for Saturday's first rugby test against New Zealand.
Ojo is the only rookie in the starting XV, while his clubmate, Australian-born hooker David Paice and Harlequins halfback Danny Care were named among the reserves.
Prop Andy Sheridan is the only survivor of the England team which lost to France in last year's World Cup final and while caretaker coach Rob Andrew said his players believed they could beat New Zealand, their ultimate goal was the 2011 World Cup.
"We've got a group of players that need to start on that journey," Andrew said.
"The majority of the players here will be around in three years' time. A lot of selections for the trip were made on that basis."
Andrew said the two-test series against the All Blacks would give England players valuable experience of playing in New Zealand, which will host the 2011 Cup.
"For some of the guys, this will be the only time they play in New Zealand," Andrew said.
"I never played a test in New Zealandin my whole career (for England). So there is an element of looking three years down the line, although the guys who run out on Saturday will have only win-at-all-costs thoughts in mind."
New Zealand made one injury-forced change to its starting lineup from the one which beat Ireland 21-11 in Wellington last weekend.
Greg Somerville has been named to play his 58th test at tighthead prop in place of John Afoa, who is sidelined with a medial ligament strain.
Anthony Tuitavake, who was the only new cap in the team that played Ireland, has held his place on the right wing as the All Blacks selectors gave a second chance to players prevented from showing their best form by bitterly cold and wet conditions in Wellington.
"This is our best side right now," coach Graham Henry said.
"We should benefit from another week of training together. It'll take a bit of time to establish this team and we need to take another couple of steps forward this weekend," Henry said. "We'll have to be a bit sharper if we are to defeat England. They have some very experienced internationals plus some new players coming through who might not be well known in New Zealand, but will be real challenge on Saturday night."
England was due to name its team later Tuesday.
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Teams:
New Zealand: Mil Muliaina, Anthony Tuitavake, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Dan Carter, Andy Ellis, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (captain), Rodney So'oialo, Ali Williams, Brad Thorne, Greg Somerville, Andrew Hore, Neemia Tialata. Reserves: Keven Mealamu, John Schwalger, Anthony Boric, Sione Lauaki, Jimmy Cowan, Stephen Donald, Leon MacDonald.
England: Mike Brown, Topsy Ojo, Mike Tindall, Olly Barkley, David Strettle, Charlie Hodgson, Richard Wigglesworth, Luke Narraway, Tom Rees, James Haskell, Steve Borthwick (captain), Tom Palmer, Matt Stevens, Lee Mears, Andrew Sheridan. Reserves: David Paice, Tim Payne, Ben Kay, Joe Worsley, Danny Care, Jamie Noon, Mathew Tait.


Updated : 2021-05-17 12:14 GMT+08:00