England Six Nations team to face France named with Elliot Daly DROPPED and Max Malins making full debut

ELLIOT DALY has been dropped for the first time in his England career with Max Malins making his full Test debut against France in the Six Nations.

Full-back Daly, who led the team out for his 50th cap in the defeat to Wales, is one of two Lions stars dropped.


His best mate Jamie George, the hooker, is also on the bench with Exeter Chiefs forward Luke Cowan-Dickie starting at Twickenham.

Daly has been one of Eddie Jones' favourites since making his debut in 2016.

The 28-year-old Saracens back has started every single major game he has been fit for since the November of that year.

But he has paid the price for gifting Wales a try in Cardiff when he turned his back in England's own 22 as Kieran Hardy took a quick tap and go.

Lock Jonny Hill is dumped out of the starting XV for Bath captain Charlie Ewels and Worcester Warriors centre Ollie Lawrence returns to the bench after two games out.

After making three changes, boss Jones said: “This France game is one we are really looking forward to.

“We are of course disappointed that we can’t defend the championship, but that makes this an even more important game. We want to show what we are capable of.

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“The squad have competed really hard in training since Sunday.  I believe this is the best 23 to really take the game to France and get us on the front foot.”

Winger Anthony Watson gets his 50th cap and will lead the team out this week against Les Bleus who have not won at Twickenham since 2005.
 
England XV
15. Max Malins (Bristol Bears, 6 caps)
14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 49 caps)
13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 37 caps)
12. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 91 caps) (C)
11. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 64 caps)
10. George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 75 caps)
9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 107 caps)
1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 65 caps)
2. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 29 caps)
3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 42 caps)
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 46 caps)
5. Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 19 caps)
6. Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 21 caps)
7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 31 caps)
8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 59 caps)
 
Subs
16. Jamie George (Saracens, 57 caps)
17. Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 26 caps)
18. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)
19. Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)
20. Ben Earl (Bristol Bears, 11 caps)
21. Dan Robson (Wasps, 10 caps)
22. Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors, 4 caps)
23. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 50 caps)

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