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Joseph to start against Wales

4 February 2015

Jonathan Joseph will start for England on Friday night in the RBS 6 Nations opener against Wales at the Millennium Stadium (kick-off 20.05).

Joseph is one of four Bath Rugby players involved in the starting line-up, and joins Luther Burrell to form a new-look midfield partnership.

Dave Attwood, George Ford and Anthony Watson all retain their starting shirts from the Autumn international series.

England Head Coach Lancaster said: "We've had to make some tight calls but we are excited about the side selected for what will be a big challenge.

"JJ has been one of the form centres in the country. He and Luther have trained well together and this is a big opportunity for both of them.

"Billy Vunipola has also been playing well for Saracens and it's good to be able to give George Kruis his first international start after his impressive run off the bench in November.

"Dan Cole and James Haskell bring a lot of experience, as do the bench, and their contribution will be crucial on Friday night."

England team to face Wales

15. Mike Brown
14. Anthony Watson
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Luther Burrell
11. Jonny May
10. George Ford
9. Ben Youngs
1. Joe Marler
2. Dylan Hartley
3. Dan Cole
4. Dave Attwood
5. George Kruis
6. James Haskell
7. Chris Robshaw ( c )
8. Billy Vunipola

Replacements

16. Tom Youngs
17. Mako Vunipola
18. Kieran Brookes
19. Tom Croft
20. Nick Easter
21. Richard Wigglesworth
22. Danny Cipriani
23. Billy Twelvetrees

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