23rd Sep, 2018

Te’o starts for England in Paris

Rob George 8th Mar, 2018

WARRIORS centre Ben Te’o will start for England on Saturday as they take on France in the NatWest 6 Nations in Paris.

Te’o will start at outside centre to make his 12th England appearance, with Elliot Daly (Wasps) returning to the starting XV at left wing. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby) moves from right wing to full-back with Jonny May (Leicester Tigers) switching wings.

Injury has ruled out captain Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) so Jamie George (Saracens) will replace him at hooker in what is an otherwise unchanged starting forward pack to the one that faced Scotland last month.

Owen Farrell (Saracens) will captain the team with Mako Vunipola (Saracens) named as vice-captain.

There are six changes among the eight finishers including Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Mike Brown (Harlequins), James Haskell (Wasps), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs) and Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins).

Head Coach Eddie Jones said: “This game is about the opportunity for the team to move forward and we want a response from the players this week. Against France we want to be brutal and aggressive on the gainline and to play with a great tactical discipline.”

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