Ok boys here it is, the day is on us. Can the dastardly Kiwis gain revenge for the semi final rout in Japan or will Eddie’s boys reinforce their superiority? Some selection shockers – Back on the bench? Who is Johnston? Neither of the Simmonds brothers in the 23? Bizarre. Still, in Eddie we trust.
Weirdly the clash is relegated to Sky Mix channel 145 at 15:00. Hey ho, main channels’ loss.
Looks a close one however you cut it but ever the optimist I’m going for England by 3.
England: Jason Robinson; James Simpson-Daniel, Will Greenwood, Mike Tindall, Ben Cohen; Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Dawson; Lawrence Dallaglio, Richard Hill, Lewis Moody, Danny Grewcock, Martin Johnson (captain), Phil Vickery, Steve Thompson, Trevor Woodman.
Replacements: Regan, Leonard, Kay, Back, Healey, Johnston, Stimpson.
New Zealand: Ben Blair; Doug Howlett, Tana Umaga, Keith Lowen, Jonah Lomu; Carlos Spencer, Steve Devine; Sam Broomhall, Marty Holah, Taine Randell (captain), Keith Robinson , Ali Williams, Kees Meeuws, Andrew Hore, Joe McDonnell.
Replacements: Mealamu, Hayman, Mika, So’oialo, Lee, Mehrtens, M. Robinson.
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)