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Woodward happy to have unchanged side

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"Its been a good news day as the medical guys would say and I am very happy because it has given me the chance to go in with my full strength side, we need to be at our strongest if we are going to get a result on Saturday," said Woodward.

"Gomarsall trained 100% with the team today, Bracken did most stuff and Dawson did some rehab work. We just go with medical opinion and we have a world class medical team, and they very rarely get it wrong and they believe all three players will be fine for the weekend and we will do a final team run on Friday morning."

The fitness of all his No.9s means there is no need for Bath's Martyn Wood who was flown all the way out to Australia on stand-by and who will now return back to the UK after less than 48 hours on Australian soil.

"Martyn is available for selection for Bath as he will fly home at quarter past three tomorrow afternoon Thursday, and will arrive back on Friday. He has clocked up a lot of airmiles and will fly home business class, so don’t feel too sorry for him!"

"All the Zurich Premiership clubs have been fantastic in their support, these issues do happen but it was the right decision to bring him out because of the situation we were in and Michael Foley was, like all the Zurich Clubs have been, excellent and I would just like to thank him for that," he added.

On the game itself, England skipper Martin Johnson said it was England's biggest game in four years and Woodward said his players were well aware of the importance of the game.

"It doesn’t need me or any of the media to build the team up, they know what is at stake, we don’t try and make it anymore than it is. It’s a huge game by anyone’s standards and everyone knows the ramifications of it, and Martin is absolutely right, this is the biggest game for this group of players and this is why I am pleased that we are going out with this group of players.

"We have been building up for this game for a long time and we are looking forward to it."

England: 15 Josh Lewsey, 14 Jason Robinson, 13 Will Greenwood, 12 Mike Tindall, 11 Ben Cohen, 10 Jonny Wilkinson, 9 Matt Dawson, 8 Lawrence Dallaglio, 7 Neil Back, 6 Richard Hill, 5 Ben Kay, 4 Martin Johnson (captain), 3 Phil Vickery, 2 Steve Thompson, 1 Trevor Woodman.Replacements: 16 Dorian West, 17 Jason Leonard, 18 Martin Corry, 19 Lewis Moody, 20 Kyran Bracken, 21 Paul Grayson, 22 Dan Luger.

Kick-off: Saturday, 18 October, 20.00 local, 13.00 BST, 12.00 GMT.Live in the UK on ITV1


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