Monday, 17 February 2014

Wilson to replace Cole for England

David Wilson will replace injured prop Dan Cole in England's Six Nations match against Ireland on Saturday.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster has chosen the 28-year-old Bath tight-head over Sale's Henry Thomas, who is 22.

Wilson, capped 31 times, has played only 47 minutes since recovering from a calf problem picked up two months ago.
But Lancaster said: "He hasn't played so much this season, but we're 100 per cent confident about bringing him back into the team."

Wilson's cameo came in Saturday's Aviva Premiership victory over Exeter and, despite his lack of match fitness, he will be promoted straight into the starting XV against unbeaten Ireland because of Cole's absence with a bulging disc in his neck.

England will host Ireland at Twickenham looking to build on their 20-0 victory over Scotland, having been beaten by France on the opening weekend.

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