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Wilkinson to captain England
3 March 2003 15:01pm
Jonny Wilkinson will captain England for the first time on Sunday after Martin Johnson was ruled out of the RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy at Twickenham.
"He has an Achilles injury, which with a brief period of rest should be fine in time for the game against Scotland.
"I'm obviously disappointed for Martin but it's essential that he is 100% fit if he is to be considered for the Scotland match."
Woodward revealed: "Jonny Wilkinson will captain England for the first time against Italy with Lawrence Dallaglio acting as vice-captain.
"This is a huge honour for Jonny. He's been vice-captain for a number of internationals, captained his club Newcastle Falcons and I know it's a challenge he will relish."
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