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Marler and Daly to start against France

By Peter Thompson
Joe Marler

Joe Marler and Elliot Daly have been named in injury-hit England’s starting line-up for their Six Nations opener against France at Twickenham on Saturday.

Marler fractured his leg just four weeks ago, but the prop has recovered to take his place in a side that includes five changes from the line-up for the victory against Australia in December.

Daly was banned for the win over the Wallabies after he was sent off against Argentina, but the Wasps man returns on the left wing, with Jonny May on the other flank and Jack Nowell among the defending champions’ replacements.

Maro Itoje switches to blindside flanker to cover for the injured Chris Robshaw, so Joe Launchbury comes into the second-row in the absence of George Kruis (knee).

Fit-again flanker James Haskell and prop Matt Mullan return to the bench along with Nowell.

England head coach Eddie Jones said: “We’ve been able to select a very strong and experienced team to play against France and we are excited to get the tournament under way.

“There’s a great rivalry between the countries so we’re looking forward to a great occasion playing against one of England’s oldest foes.”

 

England team: Mike Brown, Jonny May, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly, George Ford, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley (captain), Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Maro Itoje, Tom Wood, Nathan Hughes.

Replacements: Jamie George, Matt Mullan, Kyle Sinckler, Teimana Harrison, James Haskell, Danny Care, Ben Te’o, Jack Nowell.

 

 

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finn 9 hours ago
Massive red flag raised by weakened Champions Cup teams – Andy Goode

I wonder if the problem of some teams not taking it that seriously would be helped by making performance in the champions cup count towards qualification and/or seeding in the following year’s competition. Eg. top four seeds would be winners of the URC, premiership, and top 14, plus best performing team in the previous year’s CC who have not otherwise qualified. Doing that the seedings for this years comp. would have been: Tier one: Saracens - Munster - Toulouse - la Rochelle Tier two: Sale - Stormers - Racing 92 - Leinster Tier three: Leicester - Connacht - Bordeaux - Exeter Tier four: Northampton - Ulster - Lyon - Sharks Tier five: Harlequins - Glasgow - Stade Francais - Edinburgh Tier six: Bath - Bulls - Toulon - Ospreys The competition would probably work better with fewer teams, so I’d probably favour only the first 4 tiers being invited, and then going straight to a quarter final without a round of 16. On the one hand this would possibly incentivise teams to take the champions cup seriously, and on the other it would mean that the latter stages would be more likely to involve teams that have demonstrated a willingness to take the competition seriously. The main differences between my proposed system and the actual draw is that mine would give la Rochelle a fairly easy ride to the quarters, and would either exclude the Bulls entirely or would give then an insurmountably difficult draw. As it happened Exeter got quite an easy pool draw but that was a bit of a fluke. My system would reward Exeter for being one of the teams that demonstrably devote a lot of attention to the CC by guaranteeing them a good draw.

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