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HODGSON IS BACK

A revitalised Charlie Hodgson has today returned to the England starting line up after an absence of nearly four years.

The former Sale man, now at Saracens, has had a rollercoaster international career, but thus far he will be remembered mainly for the mistakes and poor performances that have kept him in the shadow of Wilkinson, Goode and Flood over the past few years.

ENGLAND GO FOR YOUTH

Stuart Lancaster has announced his first squad as England head coach and it has a distinct youthful feel to it.

With Lewis Moody and Jonny Wilkinson both retiring from international duty gives chances to one or two players as do injuries to several key players but with no place in the squad for Mike Tindall, Nick Easter and Mark Cueto the suggestion is that Lancaster will be starting afresh and looking to the future during his tenure as coach, however short it may end up being.

EASTER NOT TO BLAME

Conor O’Shea, the Director of Rugby at Aviva Premiership side Harlequin FC believes that interim England manager Stuart Lancaster will make a huge mistake if he drops Rugby World Cup winning No. 8 Nick Easter from the side that will travel to Scotland to face the mighty neighbors in their bid to retain the Six Nations Championship.

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WHO NEXT FOR ENGLAND

With Martin Johnson resigning as head coach of the England Rugby team the biggest job in Northern Hemisphere rugby is once again available. But who will be the next to attempt to emulate the success that English fans have craved since Sir Clive Woodward’s departure in 2004.

One of the early front runners, Nick Mallet has already ruled himself out. Following his success with the South African and Italian teams in recent years he seemed a strong candidate, but his decision to return to his homeland of South Africa rules out one of the top men in international rugby.

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