Charvis charges back into Wales team
February 28, 2000
Wales have recalled Swansea flanker Colin Charvis as the only change to their starting line-up for Saturday's Six Nations Championship clash against England at Twickenham, the Press Assocation reported on Monday.
Charvis, axed when Wales beat Italy 47-16 nine days ago, switches roles with Geraint Lewis, who drops to the substitutes' bench.
Coach Graham Henry also brings Llanelli's New Zealand-born fullback Matt Cardey into his 22 for the first time.
Cardey, who has a grandmother from Gwent, removes the more experienced Dafydd James from replacement duty, having impressed in Llanelli and Wales A colours this season.
Charvis, capped 27 times, clinched his place with an outstanding two-try performance - in front of the watching Henry - when Swansea swept aside Welsh Cup seventh-round opponents Pontypool on Saturday.
Lewis has been troubled by a hamstring problem since the Italy game - it forced him off at half-time, and Charvis went on - but although now fully fit, must play second fiddle.
Other injury concerns - wings Gareth Thomas and Shane Williams, together with centre Allan Bateman - are also now 100 percent, as Henry retains 12 of the team that destroyed England's Grand Slam dream at Wembley last April.
James, prop Ben Evans and injury time try-scorer Scott Gibbs are the three players who miss out.
British Lions centre Gibbs returned to action in the Swansea/Pontypool cup tie, but after a seven-week injury absence, is clearly short of match practice.
The game will be a red-letter occasion for Wales captain David Young, whose 42nd Test match appearance sees him overtake Graham Price as his country's most-capped prop forward.
England coach Clive Woodward is scheduled to announce his side Tuesday afternoon, an unchanged team and replacements virtually certain following the stunning 15-9 success against France in Paris.
Shane Howarth (Newport); Gareth Thomas (Cardiff), Allan Bateman (Northampton), Mark Taylor (Swansea), Shane Williams (Neath); Neil Jenkins (Cardiff), Rob Howley (Cardiff); Peter Rogers (Newport), Garin Jenkins (Swansea), David Young (Cardiff, capt); Craig Quinnell (Cardiff), Chris Wyatt (Llanelli); Colin Charvis (Swansea), Brett Sinkinson (Neath), Scott Quinnell (Llanelli).
Replacements: Barry Williams (Bristol), Spencer John (Cardiff), Ian Gough (Pontypridd), Geraint Lewis (Pontypridd), Richard Smith (Ebbw Vale), Matt Cardey (Llanelli), Steven Jones (Llanelli).