Daly replaces Feyi-Waboso on wing for England

Elliot Daly started for England against Italy, Wales and Scotland before dropping out of the starting XV for Immanuel Feyi-Waboso against Ireland
Venue: Groupama Stadium, Lyon Date: Saturday, 16 March Kick-off: 20:00 GMT
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Elliot Daly will replace Immanuel Feyi-Waboso on the wing in England’s only change to their starting XV for the Six Nations finale against France.

Ethan Roots replaces the injured Chandler Cunningham-South on the bench, where Manu Tuilagi is also included.

France will be unchanged in Lyon from their win over Wales last time out.

George Ford retains his place at fly-half for England despite Marcus Smith’s impressive late cameo off the bench, which ended with the winning drop-goal against Ireland.

Tuilagi, 32, returns to the international fold for the first time since England’s bronze medal victory over Argentina at last year’s World Cup.

The centre will not face 19-year-old nephew Posolo Tuilagi, as the lock has been left out of the France squad.

England can still win the Six Nations title if they beat France with a bonus point and Ireland fail to collect a point against Scotland.

Head coach Steve Borthwick said: “After such a hard-fought win against Ireland last week, we realise how important it is to back that performance up with another similar display in Lyon on Saturday.

“France remain one of the very top sides in the world, and will pose a great challenge for us.

“We’ve had a great preparation so far this week and there is a genuine sense of anticipation and determination around the camp as we head to what will be an exciting final weekend.”

For France, Thomas Ramos continues to deputise at fly-half in the absence of the injured Matthieu Jalibert and Romain Ntamack.

Elsewhere, lock Emmanuel Meafou, centre Nicolas Depoortere and full-back Leo Barre win their second caps after making their Test debuts in Cardiff.

France also retain faint title hopes, but they must win with the bonus point and overturn their 76-point deficit on points difference over Ireland, who must also finish empty-handed.


France: Barre; 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.

England: 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.

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