Jones on Ashton, Lawes and Twickenham support

Jones on Ashton, Lawes and Twickenham support

Jones on Ashton, Lawes and Twickenham support

Jones announced a team on Friday showing two changes from the 32-20 Dublin victory as Chris Ashton replaced Jack Nowell on the wing and lock Courtney Lawes starts in place of the injured Maro Itoje.

Nowell drops to the bench for the Twickenham fixture, where he joins club colleagues Luke Cowan-Dickie and Ben Moon, with Chris Ashton coming in on the wing.

"He's a try poacher and we've just got a gut feeling he'll be right for the start of the game and Jack will be right for the end of the game", said Jones.

'Jack Nowell was brilliant against Ireland and he'll play a significant role for us off the bench.

Courtney Lawes steps up to start in place of the injured Maro itoje, who Jones claimed yesterday now has a chance of being fit to face Wales in a fortnight. Joe Launchbury brings more second-row bulk to the bench.

"We have got great depth in the squad so Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes will fill his shoes very well".

Props Dan Cole, who has not played for England for 11 months, and Ben Moon, who made his debut in November, are also among the replacements to combat an enormous French pack.

Ashton, who has scored 20 tries in 43 global appearances, came off the bench against Ireland in Dublin last week, but has not started a Six Nations match since 2013.

He is warning England to expect a "big reaction" from Les Bleus after they lost their championship opener against Wales having been 16-0 up, as that would have "cut them deep". Players have been very good and certainly by Sunday we'll be at our best.

Eddie Jones's side play Fance at Twickenham on Sunday afternoon.

"They are full of talent, they have a lot of unpredictability, so it's hard to prepare tactically against them so we have had a real focus on ourselves".

Manu Tuilagi will line up against France's Mathieu Bastareaud, who is one of six changes to Jacques Brunel's side from their opening defeat to Wales. 'He's a good player and we will show him plenty of respect.

Sale star Chris Ashton has revealed he feels "privileged" to be included in England's Six Nations starting line-up against France, Sky Sports report. "I went with JP Pietersen to commentate on the game and thinking that was a year ago, I'd never have thought we'd be sat here with me about to play France", said Ashton.

It is a courageous move selecting Bamba at prop for such a big game ahead of Atonio, who has 32 test caps, especially considering Bamba's only two worldwide appearances were from the bench and he will be up against Mako Vunipola. Mark Wilson, 7. Tom Curry, 8.

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