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Eddie Jones Makes Two Changes To England Team To Face France

Eddie Jones has made two changes to the England team which beat Ireland 20-32 in Dublin for their clash with France at Twickenham on Sunday. 

England have started the competition superbly after dominating the reigning champions to score four tries en route to a 12 point win and they will hope to make it two wins from two when they take on the French who will be hurting from their capitulation at home to Wales.

Injury has forced Jones’ hand somewhat as he brings in Courtney Lawes from the bench to start in the second-row in place of the injured Maro Itoje.

The other change for Jones comes on the wing where Chris Ashton is favoured for Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell who goes to the bench.

England team France Six Nations

This will be Ashton’s first Six Nations start since 2013.

Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury and Ben Moon also come onto the bench.

Eddie Jones said: “After the Ireland game we have had to refocus and reset. Players have been very good and certainly by Sunday we’ll be at our best.

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

“It is unfortunate Maro is injured but he has been rehabbing well so we are hopeful he will be back earlier than maybe first predicted. We have got great depth in the squad so Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes will fill his shoes very well.

“We have gone for Chris Ashton on the wing; we think he might sneak us a try early in the game. Jack Nowell was brilliant against Ireland and he’ll play a significant role for us off the bench.

“We can’t wait to play in front of our supporters, I’m sure they will be buoyant by the first round results and we promise we will play a better game on Sunday.”

England have a superb record against France at Twickenham with Les Bleus only winning once at the London venue in the Six Nations era, 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)

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