DUNEDIN, New Zealand -- After a week overshadowed by off-field events, Englands players get a welcome chance to refocus on the Rugby World Cup on Sunday against a Georgia side unlikely to be the kind of walkover it was back in 2003. Cheap Demaryius Thomas Jersey
. Mike Tindall, subject of widespread media attention following his part in a players night out in a Queenstown bar, is neither in the team nor among the replacements for the Pool B match at Dunedins Otago Stadium. Shontayne Hape takes his place in a bulky centre partnership with Manu Tuilgai against a side that, since losing 84-6 to eventual champion England in 2003, came close to beating Ireland at the last World Cup and only lost its opener here 15-6 to Scotland despite being well below its best. Coaching, infrastructure and facilities still lags that enjoyed by England, but Georgia is no longer the pushover it once was and the players -- many of whom play topflight rugby in France -- are desperate to make amends for their below par forward performance against the Scots. "Were always looking forward, whenever we play," England team manager Martin Johnson said. "We watched them play on Wednesday night against Scotland. They were a tough outfit, very direct and very physical. Weve never been under any illusions about the challenge of this game. "The focus all week, although we have been down in Queenstown, has been getting ready for this game." Although England withstood a fierce, physical Argentina to win its opening match 13-9, the playing part of its trip to New Zealand has barely been examined since a British tabloid printed allegations about Tindalls behaviour. Johnson said Fridays return to Dunedin from Queenstown had helped the team. "Were in that 24-hour countdown now, so the guys are getting ready for a game," Johnson said. "Its been an eight-day break in between matches. Its time to get back to it. Its seemed a long time since the Argentina game sometimes." Georgia coach Richie Dixon is so sure his team has more to offer than it showed against his native Scotland that, despite England having had four days longer to rest, he made just two changes to the side that lost on Wednesday. "We were all disappointed with our display in the match against Scotland," Dixon said. "On reflection, I think we were affected by what you might call first-match syndrome. "The guys were all disappointed they did not control themselves or play as well as they would have wished." With Mamuka Gorgodze, who starts at openside in Dunedin on Sunday, picked by French media as the best overseas player in Frances topflight competition and tighthead prop David Kubriashvili keeping Carl Hayman out of the Toulon team, Georgia has plenty of muscle and control with which to confront England. "Theyre very physical, they play off scraps a lot of the time and they make things work for them," England flanker Tom Wood said. "Were going to have to be very alert. Ive seen the No. 8 picking up down the blind side a lot and making an awful lot of yards, so Im going to have a busy day, as could the rest of the back row." That back row includes captain Lewis Moody at openside for the first time since Aug. 6 following his recovery from a knee injury that he initially feared would rule him out of the tournament. "Its been frustrating few weeks with me with injury but I feel fit now," Moody said. "Its just a great chance to get out on the pitch. We obviously watched the Georgia game the other night and theyve got some strong physical individuals in their side. "Just being out on the pitch is special." Nick Easter keeps his place at No. 8, with Tom Palmer and Simon Shaw coming into the second row, hooker Dylan Hartley replacing Steve Thompson and Matt Stevens filling in at loosehead for the departed Andrew Sheridan. Those six changes to the forwards are among a total nine to a team that met a similar challenge from Argentina in its opening match. England trailed 9-3 with an error-strewn performance until replacement scrumhalf Ben Youngs scored a decisive try against the tiring Pumas. Youngs starts on Sunday, reprising his Six Nations-winning halfback pairing with Toby Flood "England were quite happy to soak it up and always felt that if they could step their game up for four or five minutes as the game evolved, they could still get the result they looked for," Dixon said. "We know we are going to have to play at a level that is over and above what we have played so far. Weve been trying to train for that." ------ England: Ben Foden, Chris Ashton, Manu Tuilagi, Shontayne Hape, Delon Armitage, Toby Flood, Ben Youngs; Nick Easter, Lewis Moody (captain), Tom Wood, Tom Palmer, Simon Shaw, Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley Matt Stevens. Reserves: Steve Thompson, Alex Corbisiero, Tom Croft, James Haskell, Joe Simpson, Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Banahan. Georgia: Revaz Gigauri, Irakli Machkhaneli, David Kacharava, Tedo Zibzibadze, Alexander Todua, Merab Kvirikashvili, Irakli Abuseridze (captain); Dimitri Basilaia, Mamuka Gorgodze, Shalva Sutiashvili, Vakhtang Maisuradze, Ilia Zedginidze, David Kubriashvili, Jaba Bregvadze, David Khinchagishvili. Reserves: Akvsenti Giorgadze, David Zirakashvili, Levan Datunashvili, Giorgi Chkhaidze, Bidzina Samkharadze, Givi Berishvili, Lasha Khmaladze. DeMarcus Ware Broncos Jersey
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