England 'A' side for clash with Pumas
June 16, 2002

England's A take on their Argentinian counterparts with the knowledge that places in next weekend's Test side are still up for grabs.

"It is realistic for someone to play themselves into the Test team if there is an outstanding performance on Monday," Woodward said.

Sale wing Mark Cueto, Gloucester prop Trevor Woodman and Newcastle lock Hugh Vyvyan, who captains the A team, appear to be the strongest candidates.

Cueto, a prolific try-scorer in the Zurich Premiership last season, had been tipped as a potential Test debutant on the two-game trip.

Woodward though, seems to be hedging towards Cueto's fellow uncapped tourists Michael Horak and Phil Christophers as his wing strike-force next weekend.

Woodman, meanwhile, is battling with Saracens' David Flatman for the loosehead prop position, with Vyvyan or Harlequins forward Alex Codling proving the likely choice alongside second-row certainty Ben Kay.

Both Flatman and Codling are on the bench tomorrow, joined by five other players for whom Test places beckon - Tim Stimpson, Charlie Hodgson, Andy Gomarsall, Steve Thompson and Alex Sanderson.

The Argentine second string includes veteran lock Pedro Sporleder, ex-Bristol centre Eduardo Simone and former Northampton prop Martin Scelzo, yet the Test team will hardly be tampered with after yesterday's stirring Pumas victory over Six Nations champions France.

England A: T Beim (Gloucester); D Rees (Bristol), T May (Newcastle), K Sorrell (Saracens), M Cueto (Sale); D Walder (Newcastle), N Walshe (Sale); T Woodman (Gloucester), M Regan (Bath), R Morris (Northampton), R Fidler (Gloucester), H Vyvyan (Newcastle, capt), A Balding (Leicester), D Danaher (London Irish), P Anglesea (Sale)

Replacements: S Thompson (Northampton), D Flatman (Saracens), A Codling (Harlequins), A Sanderson (Sale), A Gomarsall (Gloucester), C Hodgson (Sale), T Stimpson (Leicester)

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