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England v France - Joe on the bench
Geoff P (IP Logged)
08 February, 2019 10:41
England menís head coach Eddie Jones has named his team to face France in their second Guinness Six Nations match on Sunday 10 February at Twickenham Stadium (KO 3pm live on ITV Sport).

Jones has made two changes to the starting XV that beat Ireland last weekend with Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) selected in the second row following the injury to Maro Itoje (Saracens) in Dublin.

Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks) is named on the right wing in place of Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) who will be among the finishers on Sunday. It will be Ashtonís first start in the Six Nations since 2013.

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Joe Launchbury (Wasps) and Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs) are included as finishers for the first time this tournament.

"After the Ireland game we have had to refocus and reset. Players have been very good and certainly by Sunday weíll be at our best," said Jones.

"The French are always an interesting side to play against. They are full of talent, they have a lot of unpredictability so itís hard to prepare tactically against them so we have had a real focus on ourselves."

England have won nine of the last 12 Six Nations games against France with the Les Bleus only having managed one win at Twickenham in the Six Nations era back in 2005.

England starting XV (555 caps)

15 Elliot Daly (Wasps, 26 caps), 14 Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks, 43 caps), 13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 18 caps), 12 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 28 caps), 11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 41 caps), 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 66 caps) (c), 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 81 caps), 1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 52 caps), 2 Jamie George (Saracens, 33 caps), 3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 18 caps), 4 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 69 caps), 5 George Kruis (Saracens, 28 caps), 6 Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 9 caps), 7 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 6 caps), 8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 37 caps).

Finishers (249 caps)

16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 8 caps), 17 Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs, 4 caps), 18 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 82 caps), 19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 54 caps), 20 Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 19 caps), 21 Dan Robson (Wasps, uncapped), 22 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 52 caps), 23 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 30 caps).

Re: England v France - Joe on the bench
Phillywasp (IP Logged)
08 February, 2019 17:30
Seems fair. As much as Iíd like to see Launch in there starting, I wouldnít have changed anything for this one except Maroís injury. And Lawes played well when he came on so that makes sense.
By the same token, not sure I understand Ashton for Nowell but EJ has watched them train/knows about niggles etc that Iím not party to.

Re: England v France - Joe on the bench
kentwasp1 (IP Logged)
08 February, 2019 18:16
Just hope Dan gets a shot on the turf

Re: England v France - Joe on the bench
Shugs (IP Logged)
08 February, 2019 19:39
I had hoped Nathan would retain his place in the second row.

Re: England v France - Joe on the bench
Westy68 (IP Logged)
08 February, 2019 22:33
I must admit Iíve not been a fan of nowell on the wing recently but I thought he had is best game for England so really surprised Ashton has been picked.

Maybe Iím so anti Ashton but I thought nowell played well

Re: England v France - Joe on the bench
RossM (IP Logged)
09 February, 2019 11:51
Maybe it is because EJ thinks Ashton speaks French and this will give England an edge?

Re: England v France - Joe on the bench
John Tee (IP Logged)
09 February, 2019 15:40
Like Nowell as a good all round footballer.
I thought he had an injury so maybe not 100%.

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