English Rugby
Geraghty starts at fly-half for Saxons
January 28, 2010
England Saxons' Shane Geraghty exploits a gap in the Argentina Jaguars' defence, England Saxons v Argentina Jaguars, Churchill Cup, Infinity Park, Denver, Colorado, USA, June 6, 2009
Shane Geraghty will return to Saxons duty on Sunday © Getty Images

Shane Geraghty will start at fly-half for England Saxons as they take on Ireland 'A' at the Recreation Ground on Sunday, with exciting Leicester scrum-half Ben Youngs making his debut alongside him.

The Saxons are without Danny Cipriani due to a family bereavement but there remains a Wasps contingent in the side. Lock George Skivington will wear the captain's armband while centre Dom Waldouck is paired with Saracens' Brad Barritt.

Barritt's club team-mate Alex Goode starts at fullback alongside another familiar face in Noah Cato and Harlequins' David Strettle. Worcester's Tom Wood and Gloucester's Dave Attwood will make their Saxons debuts in the pack, with explosive Saracens openside Andy Saull and Northampton's gritty Phil Dowson getting the nod in the back-row.

There could also be Saxons bows for Worcester's Miles Benjamin, Northampton's Jon Clarke and Leicester's Geoff Parling should they be called from the bench.

"We are really looking forward to Sunday," Lancaster said. "We have a young squad full of quality players and a good mix of experience. I'm sure they will rise to a challenging Ireland 'A' squad."

England Saxons: Alex Goode (Saracens); David Strettle (Harlequins), Dominic Waldouck (London Wasps), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Noah Cato (Saracens); Shane Geraghty (Northampton Saints), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers); Nick Wood (Gloucester Rugby), David Paice (London Irish), Paul Doran-Jones (Gloucester), Dave Attwood (Gloucester), George Skivington (London Wasps, capt), Tom Wood (Worcester Warriors), Andy Saull (Saracens), Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)

Replacements: Tom Mercey (Saracens), Rob Webber (London Wasps), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Luke Narraway (Gloucester), Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons), Jon Clarke (Northampton Saints), Miles Benjamin (Worcester Warriors)

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