England v France: Chris Ashton replaces Jack Nowell for Six Nations game

By Chris Jones

BBC rugby union correspondent

Ashton became a 74th-minute replacement in England’s eradicate over Eire closing weekend
Six Worldwide locations: England v France
Venue: Twickenham Date: Sunday, 10 February Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
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Chris Ashton will develop his first Six Worldwide locations initiate since 2013 when England play France at Twickenham on Sunday.

The Sale scamper, 31, replaces Exeter’s Jack Nowell, who drops to the bench.

Lock Courtney Lawes is promoted from the bench to interchange the injured Maro Itoje within the 2d alternate from the beginning XV that beaten Eire in Dublin.

“After the Eire sport we now enjoy needed to refocus and reset,” coach Eddie Jones acknowledged. “By Sunday we are going to be at our handiest.”

Props Dan Cole and Ben Moon to boot to 2d row Joe Launchbury are named among the many replacements alongside with Nowell.

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Ashton, who spent years within the international desolate tract following a series of suspensions and a switch to France, returned to the England scene in November when he got here off the bench in opposition to South Africa then scored a are attempting in opposition to Original Zealand.

“We now enjoy gone for Chris Ashton on the scamper; we contain he might perhaps per chance sneak us a are attempting early within the sport,” Jones added.

“Jack Nowell became perfect in opposition to Eire and he’ll play a indispensable position for us off the bench.”

France enjoy no longer received at Twickenham in 14 years, with their easiest victory within the Six Worldwide locations era coming in 2005.

England enjoy received 9 of the closing 12 Six Worldwide locations conferences between the perimeters and originate as heavy favourites in opposition to a France crew that blew a 16-0 lead at home to Wales in round one.

“The French are frequently an intelligent facet to play in opposition to,” Jones acknowledged.

“They’re plump of skill, they’ve pretty a pair of unpredictability, so or no longer it’s hard to prepare tactically in opposition to them so we now enjoy had an actual focal point on ourselves.”

England started their marketing and marketing campaign in sensational fashion closing weekend, scoring four tries as they overwhelmed Tall Slam holders Eire 32-20 on the Aviva Stadium.

“We can no longer wait to play in entrance of our supporters, I’m definite they’re going to be buoyant by the first-round results and we promise we can play a better sport on Sunday,” Jones acknowledged.

England crew to play France:

Daly; Ashton, Slade, Tuilagi, Would possibly also; Farrell, Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler, Lawes, Kruis, Wilson, Curry, B Vunipola

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Cole, Moon, Launchbury, Hughes, Robson, Ford, Nowell

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