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Lancaster names unchanged 23 for France

19 February 2013

  • Stuart Lancaster opts for consistency in match day squad for France
  • Head Coach will name starting line-up on Thursday at 10.15am on RFU.com
England squad training at Pennyhill Park today

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Stuart Lancaster has named an unchanged match day squad for the RBS 6 Nations clash with France on Saturday, keeping faith with the 23 players who defeated Ireland in Dublin.

The England Head Coach has sent 12 players back their clubs this evening, including Gloucester Rugby No.8 Ben Morgan, who has not yet recovered from the ankle injury sustained in the tournament opener against Scotland.

Lancaster said there were some tough selection calls, but the players who achieved a first competitive win in Ireland since 2003 deserved the chance to continue their unbeaten start to the tournament.

“We’ve had 30 plus guys pushing hard for selection this week, which is what we want,” he said. “We had to make some close calls but the team did very well in Ireland so we’ve gone with the same squad against France.

“We are looking forward to getting back to Twickenham against what I am sure will be a highly motivated French team.”

England Squad for France (23)

Forwards (13)

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (London Wasps)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Backs (10)

Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

The following players have been released back to their Aviva Premiership clubs:

Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
Elliot Daly (London Wasps)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Will Fraser (Saracens)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
David Strettle (Saracens)
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
Joel Tomkins (Saracens)
Billy Vunipola (London Wasps)