Mike Tindall out of Six Nations decider

March 17th, 2011 by Liam Emerson

Stand in England captain Mike Tindall is injured for England’s crucial match against Ireland in Dublin this Saturday. Tindall suffered a ligament strain to his left ankle in England’s 22-16 win over Scotland at Twickenham last week.

Tindall had been standing in as skipper during the Six Nations for injured squad captain Lewis Moody and Nick Easter will captain the side on Saturday. 6ft 7in Matt Banahan comes in at centre to replace Tindall in what is a crucial match for England at the Aviva Stadium.

If England beat Ireland they will complete their first Grand Slam since 2003 when a team led by Martin Johnson won their final match at the old Lansdowne Road, which the Aviva Stadium has replaced. Unless Wales win heavily against France, England will still take the Six Nations title on points difference, if Ireland win.

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