Six Nations: Jack Nowell and Luther Burrell named in England's starting line-up

Last Updated: 30/01/14 9:32pm

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Jack Nowell (left) and Luther Burrell (right) will both start in Paris

Jack Nowell (left) and Luther Burrell (right) will both start in Paris

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Head coach Stuart Lancaster will hand debuts to Jack Nowell and Luther Burrell when England get their Six Nations campaign underway in France on Saturday evening.

Exeter Chief Nowell comes into the side on the right wing and Northampton centre Burrell is also handed a first cap, with Brad Barritt starting on the bench.

On the left wing is Gloucester's Johnny May who wins his second cap having impressed on tour in Argentina last summer.

Stern test at the Stade De France

In total there are four changes to the backline of the team that started the final autumn international against New Zealand, with Danny Care also preferred to Lee Dickson at scrum half.

Care partners Owen Farrell at half-back with Billy Twelvetrees reselected at inside centre and Mike Brown at full-back.

"Congratulations to Jack and Luther who deserve their chance, as does Jonny starting his first Six Nations game," said Lancaster.

"It's also great to see Brad back in the 23 with his experience and leadership."

Forwards unchanged

Tough selection decisions for Lancaster

In contrast, the forwards - who impressed throughout the autumn - are unchanged with loosehead prop Joe Marler holding off the challenge of Mako Vunipola, who is named as a replacement.

Harlequins back-rower Chris Robshaw will be leading the side once again.

"We felt the pack went well in the autumn and it's right to leave it unchanged," Lancaster added.

"But we have some quality players to come on off the bench, including two British and Irish Lions in Tom Youngs and Mako Vunipola.

Dream come true for Burrell

"We can't wait for Saturday. We've had a good two weeks and all the players have pushed hard for selection."

Lancaster has not named any specialist fly-half cover with Saracens' Alex Goode providing back-up for club team-mate Farrell on the bench alongside Sale prop Henry Thomas, Bath lock Dave Attwood and Gloucester No 8 Ben Morgan.

England: Brown, Nowell, Burrell, Twelvetrees, May, Farrell, Care, Marler, Hartley, Cole, Launchbury, Lawes, Wood, Robshaw (c), B Vunipola

Replacements: T Youngs, M Vunipola, Thomas, Attwood, Morgan, Dickson, Barritt, Goode

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