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21 February 2013, 11:46am

Wilson retains bench spot for French test

Bath Rugby powerhouse David Wilson has retained his place on the bench for England as they entertain France in their third crucial match of the RBS 6 Nations this Saturday.

The side sees Stuart Lancaster make three changes to the team that were triumphant at the Aviva Stadium two weeks ago with Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Manusamoa Tuilagi being named in the starting line-up.

Northampton Saints' Hartley and Lawes replace Tom Youngs and James Haskell, who move to the bench, while Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) takes over from Billy Twlevetrees, with the Gloucester Rugby centre also among the replacements.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We thought long and hard about changing a winning team which did so well against Ireland. But we believe that Dylan, Courtney and Manu are ready for the opportunity and allow us to vary our play, while the bench will add impact and energy as the game unfolds in the second half.

"The players are really looking forward to getting back to Twickenham; the atmosphere in the stadium is fantastic and hopefully the crowd can get behind us in what is sure to be a great challenge against a motivated and physical French team."

England (v France, Saturday, 5pm, Twickenham Stadium)

15. Alex Goode (Saracens, 8 caps) 


14. Chris Ashton (Saracens, 31 caps) 


13. Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 18 caps) 


12. Brad Barritt (Saracens, 13 caps) 


11. Mike Brown (Harlequins, 13 caps) 


10. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 14 caps) 


9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 30 caps) 


1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 7 caps)


2. Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 44 caps) 


3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 37 caps)


4. Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 6 caps) 


5. Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 14 caps)


6. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 17 caps) 


7. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 14 caps) 


8. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 15 caps) 


Replacements

16. Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 6 caps) 


17. David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 24 caps)

18. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 6 caps) 


19. James Haskell (London Wasps, 47 caps) 


20. Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps) 


21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 38 caps) 


22. Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers, 54 caps) 


23. Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 2 caps)

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