England head coach Andy Robinson has no doubts about the self-control of Lewis Moody - despite the fire-brand being sent off at Twickenham ten weeks ago.
The Leicester flanker became the first England player to be sent off in a Test match at Twickenham when he was dismissed for punching during the 40-3 victory over Samoa.
His reckless indiscretion cost him a nine-week ban and he has played only 39 minutes of rugby - for Tigers against Sale last Saturday - since his suspension expired.
Robinson, though, is certain Moody will be up for the job when England launch their Six Nations Championship campaign against reign-ing champions Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.
Moody will pack down at openside flanker in the back row, partnering Joe Worsley and skipper Martin Corry, with Lawrence Dallaglio on replacement duty some 17 months after he retired from international rugby.
Robinson said: "Lewis has had nine weeks to focus on this game, that is what his training has been about and he has worked very hard. I have got no doubt about his self-control.
"I have gone on the record as saying the sending-off was disappointing and you can never condone a player throwing a punch on the pitch but, in the physical game of rugby, it happens.
"I am not condoning it, but I believe Lewis is an outstanding player and I have been in full contact with him for the last nine weeks."
Robinson has made four changes. Centre Jamie Noon replaces James Simpson-Daniel, wing Ben Cohen takes over from Tom Voyce, lock Danny Grewcock is back for Louis Deacon and Worsley is in for injured Worcester flanker Pat Sanderson.
England last lost to Wales at Twickenham in 1988 and Robinson, making no secret of his view that the encounter is all about winning, says of World Cup winner Dallaglio: "When you look at a player like Lawrence coming off the bench, it would be very good for the side with the leader-ship he would bring."
The Welsh have lost several players to injury while star centre Gavin Henson is still serving a ban.