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France-based Goode wins England recall

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  • England recall France-based Andy Goode for Six Nations opener with Italy
  • Goode wins first cap for more than two years in side showing five changes
  • Delon and Steffon Armitage first brothers in same England side since 1995
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(CNN) -- England have recalled France-based Andy Goode for his first cap in more than two years in Saturday's Six Nations clash against Italy at Twickenham.

France-based Goode, center, has been recalled for his first England outing in more than two years.

France-based Goode, center, has been recalled for his first England outing in more than two years.

The 28-year-old Goode starts at fly-half after coach Martin Johnson demoted Danny Cipriani to the squad for Friday's game against Ireland A in Dublin.

England's line-up shows five changes from November's defeat to New Zealand with London Irish flanker Steffon Armitage joining sibling and full-back Delon in the starting side.

They become the first brothers to play in the same England team since the Underwoods, Rory and Tony, in 1995.

Mike Tindall returns at outside centre with Mark Cueto back on the wing for the first time since the 2007 World Cup final to replace the injured Ugo Monye. Andrew Sheridan starts at loose-head.

Goode, whose last cap came in the November 2006 defeat by South Africa, has scored 160 points in helping Brive into the top six of the French championship and quarterfinals of the European Challenge Cup since leaving Leicester last summer.

Cipriani, meanwhile, has struggled to rediscover top form since returning from a dislocated fracture of his right ankle in May.

"We thought it was the right call for Danny to play in the Saxons. He has come back pretty well from a very serious injury," added Johnson. "He has a bright future ahead of him."

England D Armitage (London Irish); P Sackey (Wasps), M Tindall (Gloucester), R Flutey (Wasps), M Cueto (Sale Sharks); A Goode (Brive), D Care (Harlequins); A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), L Mears (Bath), P Vickery (Wasps), S Borthwick (Saracens, captain), N Kennedy (London Irish), J Haskell (Wasps), S Armitage (London Irish), N Easter (Harlequins).

Replacements D Hartley (Northampton), J White (Leicester), T Croft (Leicester), J Worsley (Wasps), B Foden (Northampton), S Geraghty (London Irish), M Tait (Sale Sharks).

Rob Kearney gave Ireland a scare before the Six Nations home game against France at Croke Park when he turned his ankle during training at Limerick on Tuesday.

The full-back is on crutches but coach Declan Kidney is confident the Leinster player will be fit to start Saturday's clash.

Replacements include Kearney's team-mate Gordon D' Arcy who will be hoping for his first international action since breaking an arm in the opening game of the 2008 Six Nations.

Ireland R Kearney (Leinster); T Bowe (Ospreys), B O'Driscoll (Leinster, captain), P Wallace (Ulster), L Fitzgerald (Leinster); R O'Gara (Munster), T O'Leary (Munster); M Horan (Munster), J Flannery (Munster), J Hayes (Munster), D O'Callaghan (Munster), P O'Connell (Munster), S Ferris (Ulster), D Wallace (Munster), J Heaslip (Leinster).

Replacements R Best (Ulster), T Court (Ulster), M O'Kelly (Leinster), D Leamy (Munster), P Stringer (Munster), G D'Arcy (Leinster), G Murphy (Leicester).

Scotland have given Euan Murray and Nathan Hines until Friday to prove their fitness for Sunday's opener against defending champions Wales.

Northampton prop Murray, who has been tipped for a place on this summer's British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, is the biggest doubt.

The 28-year-old damaged ribs during Saints' recent European Challenge Cup win over Toulon and sat out Saturday's Guinness Premiership defeat at Harlequins.

Lock Hines, 32, twisted a knee playing for Perpignan at Stade Francais at the weekend and has also been unable to train.

Fit-again Gavin Henson and Mike Phillips are expected to return to the Wales line-up after being out of the Test arena since last season's Grand Slam-clinching win over France.

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