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VIDEO – New caps Nowell and Burrell face France

30 January 2014

  • Burrell and Nowell joined by May and Care in revamped backline
  • “We felt the pack went well in the autumn and it’s right to leave it unchanged”– Lancaster

England will field new caps Luther Burrell  and Jack Nowell in their RBS 6 Nations opener against France on Saturday.

They will be joined by Gloucester Rugby winger Jonny May, who will win his second cap at Stade de France, and Danny Care – starting his first game for England since playing Italy in last year’s tournament.           

While those four members of the backline are different from the team that started against New Zealand, the pack remains unchanged.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We can’t wait for Saturday. We’ve had a good two weeks and all the players have pushed hard for selection.

Uncapped duo Luther Burrell (L) and Jack Nowell, who will return to Pennyhill Park to prepare for France on Wednesday evening

Photo: Getty Images

“Congratulations to Jack and Luther who deserve their chance, as does Jonny May starting his first RBS 6 Nations game. It’s good to see Brad back and it's good to have his experience and leadership in the 23, while Alex Goode will give us good cover at 15 and 10.

“We felt the pack went well in the autumn and it’s right to leave it unchanged but we have some quality players, including two British and Irish Lions in Tom and Mako, to come on.”

George Ford (Bath Rugby), Matt Mullan (London Wasps) and Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby) will travel as cover.

England to face France at the Stade de France, Saturday, (kick-off 5pm GMT)

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 21 caps) 
14 Jack Nowell  (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped) 
13 Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints, uncapped) 
12 Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 8 caps) 
11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap) 
10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 19 caps) 
Danny Care (Harlequins, 42 caps) 

Joe Marler (Harlequins, 15 caps) 
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 50 caps) 
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 43 caps) 
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 14 caps) 
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 25 caps) 
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 23 caps) 
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain, 20 caps) 
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 5 caps) 

Replacements 
16 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 12 caps) 
17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 10 caps) 
18 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks, 2 caps) 
19 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 5 caps) 
20 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 15 caps) 
21 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 12 caps) 
22 Brad Barritt (Saracens, 16 caps) 
23 Alex Goode (Saracens, 13 caps)

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