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England Need a Good Start To Autumn Tests.

Sean KellyAnalyst INovember 7, 2008

A new coach. A new captain, and ultimately a new start. The tour of hell to New Zealand, in which a number of England players were lowered to the level of "serious sex allegations", can now be banished - a seriously dark time for England rugby.

Steve Borthwick will hope with leading his side out on Saturday he can separate his reign of captaincy from all off-pitch antics and start his own reign of supremacy.

England will face a resilient Pacific Islanders squad waiting for their first test at HQ of Saturday and every player will understand the importance of starting off with a win on Saturday.

With 5 debutants, this side has a somewhat new look, as well as having the youngest half back pairing an England side as ever had, and not forgetting the Kiwi cum England centre Riki Flutey proving his worth donning the red rose.

A good start is need by this England team as what they face after this scrambled together Pacific Islanders side is much more than a test.

Starting England 15: D.Armitage, P.Sackey, J.Noon, R.Flutey, U.Monye, D.Cipriani, D.Care, N.Easter, T.Croft, T.Ress, S.Borthwick (capt), N.Kennedy, A.Sheridan, L.Mears, M.Stevens.

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