The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Delon Armitage will start England’s Rugby World Cup opener against Argentina on the wing in place of Mark Cueto, who has been struggling with a back injury.
Following is a list of the 30-man squads selected by the 20 teams for the Sept. 9-Oct. 23 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand:
Matt Banahan will start for England in place of the injured Mike Tindall in this weekend’s match against Ireland, the final game in the rugby Six Nations tournament.
England defeated Samoa 26-13 in their rugby union international match at Twickenham, while Scotland upset South Africa 21-17. New Zealand overcame Ireland 38-18 in Dublin.
Mike Tindall will captain the England rugby team in this weekend’s World Cup warm-up match against Wales in Cardiff.
England manager Martin Johnson made four changes to the team that beat Australia 35-18 in last weekend’s rugby international as the squad prepares to play Samoa at Twickenham in three days.
England prop forward Andrew Sheridan will likely miss his team’s remaining two Six Nations matches with a torn calf muscle, the Rugby Football Union said.