16 Sep 2011

England get captain back for Georgia match

6:42 pm on 16 September 2011

Flanker Lewis Moody will return to lead England in Sunday's Rugby World Cup match against Georgia in Dunedin, with manager Martin Johnson making nine changes to the side that beat Argentina in their tournament opener.

Moody lasted an hour of England's warm-up match against Wales at Twickenham last month before limping off with a recurrence of the knee injury first suffered in January and which kept him out of the Six Nations championship.

In his absence Mike Tindall led England to the title for the first time in eight years and there were concerns that the 33-year-old Moody, who featured in all 14 of England's matches in the last two World Cups, wouldn't be fit for his third tournament.

However Johnson says Moody's back to full fitness.

Toby Flood, first choice during the Six Nations but now back behind Jonny Wilkinson in the pecking order, starts at first five.

The former New Zealand rugby league international Shontayne Hape will start at second five.