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Lancaster shows his England team hand for France


England look set to name an almost identical team for France that beat Ireland

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Article Published: Wednesday 20 February 2013


England head coach Stuart Lancaster has released 12 players back to their Premiership Rugby clubs and retained his match day squad of 23 players.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said,“We've had 30 plus guys pushing hard for selection this week, which is what we want. "

"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. "

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

Lancaster has released the following players back to thier clubs: Mouritz Botha (Saracens) , Alex Corbisiero (London Irish) , Elliot Daly (London Wasps) , Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints) , Will Fraser (Saracens) , Ben Foden (Northampton Saints) , Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors) , Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby) , David Strettle (Saracens) , Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks) , Joel Tomkins (Saracens) , Billy Vunipola (London Wasps)

Lancaster has also effectively listed his match day squad but will confirm the starting team later this week.

The following players will return to Pennyhill Parkon Wednesday to prepare for Saturday's Six Nations game against France at Twickenham Stadium.

FORWARDS (13)

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) , Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) , James Haskell (London Wasps) , Joe Launchbury (London Wasps) , Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) , Joe Marler (Harlequins) , Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers) , Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) , Mako Vunipola (Saracens) , David Wilson (Bath Rugby) , Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers) , Tom Wood (Northampton Saints) , Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

BACKS (10)

Chris Ashton (Saracens) , Brad Barritt (Saracens) , Mike Brown (Harlequins) , Danny Care (Harlequins) , Owen Farrell (Saracens) , Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers) , Alex Goode (Saracens) , Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) , Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby) , Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

The England team that played Ireland in Dublin is as follows:

England

Alex Goode; Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Billy Twelvetrees, Mike Brown; Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw (capt), James Haskell; Geoff Parling, Joe Launchbury; Dan Cole, Tom Youngs, Joe Marler

Replacements: Dylan Hartley, David Wilson, Mako Vunipola, Courtney Lawes, Thomas Waldrom, Danny Care, Toby Flood, Manu Tuilagi

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