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What is the England workforce?

George Ford continues at fly-half as England hold religion with the facet that shocked Ireland.

Steve Borthwick has made just one enforced change, selecting Elliot Daly to exchange the injured Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, who reported concussion signs incurred in opposition to Ireland.

Tommy Freeman, on his first worldwide begin, will put on the No 14 jersey whereas Manu Tuilagi makes his first look of the Six Nations after taking Daly’s place on the bench. The match might be Tuilagi’s first for England since final autumn’s World Cup bronze medal match, having missed the opening rounds due to a groin drawback.

Ford has held off the problem of Marcus Smith to retain the fly-half duties. Smith kicked the last-gasp drop aim that sank Ireland 23-22 final Saturday and made a telling contribution off the bench, deliver additional zip to England’s assault after Ford had pulled the strings successfully earlier on.

A second change among the many replacements sees Ethan Roots change calf damage sufferer Chandler Cunningham-South.

England XV: Furbank; Freeman, Slade, Lawrence, Daly; Ford, Mitchell; Genge, George (capt), Cole, Itoje, Martin, Chessum, Underhill, Earl.

Replacements: Dan, Marler, Stuart, Roots, Dombrandt, Care, M Smith, Tuilagi.

What is the France workforce?

By Charles Richardson

France have named an unchanged matchday 23 for the primary time in 5 years.

For the primary time since taking the reins in 2019, head coach Fabien Galthié has resisted the temptation to tinker with the choice which dispatched Wales in Cardiff final weekend. To discover the final time Les Bleus benefited from such consistency, one has to return to the 2019 Six Nations, below Galthié‘s predecessor Jacques Brunel, to the unchanged squads which took on Scotland and Ireland respectively.

Although it is unlikely given Ireland’s internet hosting of Scotland in Dublin, each England and France may technically win the Six Nations this Saturday in Lyon. Realistically, nevertheless, ‘Le Crunch’ seems extra prone to be a battle for second place.

And for such a battle, simply as in Cardiff final weekend, Galthié has wheeled out his tanks. Emmanuel Meafou, the 145kg Toulouse second row, will win his second cap for France, scrummaging behind the equally hefty Uini Atonio. When that duo is completed, Georges-Henri Colombe and Romain Taofifénua, who every solely weigh a measly 140kg, will change them at tighthead and lock respectively.

The younger backs who thrilled on the Principality Stadium final weekend – Nolann Le Garrec, Nicolas Depoortère, Louis Bielle-Biarrey and Léo Barré – all retain their spots however after lacking the victory over Wales with a chest an infection, Posolo Tuilagi misses out on an opportunity to tackle his uncle, Manu, and as a substitute will run out for France’s under-20s facet.

“We won the match with a bonus point [against Wales] and that was the objective,” stated Galthié after naming his squad. “But England do not have the same profile as Wales. We need to be more precise in certain areas, notably defence. We’ll have to be compact and solid in the physical exchanges. England hit hard in the middle of the pitch and we’ll have to be switched on to that, certainly more than we were against Wales.

“We are going to encounter an explosive English team. Powerful and solid… with this switching between playing the ball in hand and kicking, this pressure that they put on the opposition.”

France XV: Rod; Penaud, Fickou, Depoortere, Bielle-Biarrey; Ramos, Le Garrec; Baille, Marchand, Atonio, Flament, Meafou, Cros, Ollivon, Alldritt (capt).

Replacements: Mauvaka, S Taofifenua, Colombe, R Taofifenua, Roumat, Boudehent, Lucu, Moefana.

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