We Select The England Side To Face France In Paris This Weekend

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After their victory over France at Twickenham, we select the England side we believe that should face them this coming weekend in Paris.

15. Mike Brown

Having missed the end of the season Brown needs as much game time as possible to make sure he is match fit ahead of the World Cup.

14. Jonny May

We already know what Anthony Watson is capable of, so let’s see Jonny May back up his last performance with another strong one.

13. Jonathan Joseph

It would be nice to see Joseph given game time outside both Barritt and Burgess to see which of them offers the most at 12.

12. Brad Barritt

If Barritt is England’s likely first choice 12, then he needs game time inside Joseph to prove the combination works.

11. Jack Nowell

After an impressive Six Nations, Nowell now needs to prove he can continue his good form as England prepare for the World Cup.

10. George Ford

Ford’s lack of international experience to date, means any extra minutes he can get before the World Cup are a bonus.

9. Ben Youngs

Youngs looks likely to be England’s first choice scrum half at the World Cup, so needs time to get match sharp.

8. Billy Vunipola

It would be interesting to see how England played with Vunipola moving to blindside after 50 minutes, with Morgan replacing Haskell.

7. Chris Robshaw

The England captain is assured of his place in the team, so should now be given the chance to hone his decision making skills.

6. James Haskell

With Wood and Clark failing to impress, Haskell now needs to prove he can be the man to wear 6 at the World Cup.

5. Courtney Lawes

Lawes is integral to England’s pack and will be a huge boost against a powerful French pack, and may help shore up the line out.

4. Joe Launchbury

Having missed most of last season, Launchbury needs some serious game time to ensure he is match fit for the World Cup.

3. Dan Cole

Cole needs some game time before the World Cup, but we know what he’s capable of so should be replaced early in the second half.

2. Jamie George

With neither Cowan-Dickie or Webber impressing, George now needs the chance to prove he can make the squad.

1. Joe Marler

Marler looks likely to be England’s first choice loosehead, and could be the man to ensure the scrum doesn’t go backwards once more.

16.  Tom Youngs

Youngs needs a run out before the World Cup, primarily to test his line out skills, but shouldn’t be risked unnecessarily.

17. Alex Corbisiero

I would initially bring Corbisiero on at half time to replace Cole, before moving him over to loosehead around 60 minutes.

18. David Wilson

Wilson looked a little out of sorts as the French scrum dominated last time round, so needs more game time.

19. Dave Attwood

With George Kruis having a quiet game last time round, Attwood looks likely to be the fourth choice lock so needs game time.

20. Ben Morgan

Morgan failed to make much of an impact in the first game at France, but should be given more game time to make an impact.

21. Danny Care

Playing behind a beaten pack meant Care had a tough time on his hands so should be given more opportunity before the World Cup.

22. Danny Cipriani

With England on the back foot for much of the second half, Cipriani needs another chance to get his hands on the ball.

23. Sam Burgess

It would be interesting to see how Burgess plays when slotting in between Ford and Joseph in England’s midfield.

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