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Six Nations: England coach Stuart Lancaster names unchanged 23 to face France

Last Updated: 21/02/13 11:09am

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Stuart Lancaster: sticks to his guns against France

Stuart Lancaster: sticks to his guns against France

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster named an unchanged 23-man squad to face France in Saturday's Six Nations clash at Twickenham.

Les Bleus make the trip across the Channel wounded by shock defeats to Italy away and Wales at home - and England will be hoping to inflict further misery on their visitors with the same group that won 12-6 in Ireland last time out.

That means no return for Gloucester No 8 Ben Morgan, who missed the hard-fought victory in Dublin due to an ankle injury sustained during England's tournament opener against Scotland.

Promising Wasps eight Billy Vunipola had been pressing his claims in training during the week - only to pick up an ankle injury of his own shortly before Lancaster confirmed the squad on Tuesday.

As a result, versatile Northampton back row Tom Wood is expected to fill the position again with Wasps giant James Haskell deputising at flanker.

Wood's fellow Saint Dylan Hartley has applied the pressure to Tom Youngs' place in the starting XV - coming on at the Aviva Stadium to steady a malfunctioning lineout with some accurate throwing.

"We had to make some close calls but the team did very well in Ireland so we've gone with the same squad against France," Lancaster said.

"We are looking forward to getting back to Twickenham against what I am sure will be a highly motivated French team."

In the three-quarter line, Lancaster faces a repeat of the centre selection headache that preceded the trip to Ireland after Manu Tuilagi staked his claim to a start with a solid appearance off the bench.

Forwards: Marler, T Youngs, Cole, Parling, Launchbury, Haskell, Robshaw, Wood, Hartley, Wilson, M Vunipola, Lawes, Waldrom.

Backs: Goode, Ashton, Barritt, Twelvetrees, Brown, Farrell, B Youngs, Care, Flood, Tuilagi.

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