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Furbank, Lawes and Ludlam picked for England's Six Nations opener

George Furbank and Courtney Lawes both start England's 2020 Six Nations opener against France this Sunday, with head coach Eddie Jones also naming Lewis Ludlam on the bench for the Paris clash.

Furbank, 23, will make his senior international debut as he starts at fullback (kick-off 3pm, live on BBC), with Lawes earning his 82nd cap in the No.6 shirt as Jones names an experienced pack. After impressing at the Rugby World Cup in Japan, Ludlam will be hoping to make an impact if he enters the game from the bench. 

Jones, heading into his fifth Guinness Six Nations as England head coach, said: “It has been a massively exciting week for us. It is the start of the Guinness Six Nations, the best rugby tournament in the world. We have had a great preparation in Portugal with a quality  training week this week.

“We have really worried about ourselves, getting ourselves right.  We have picked a strong forward pack which is part of the England way and an exciting backline with young George Furbank playing his first Test at fullback.

“France can expect absolute brutality from England, we are going to go out there to make sure they understand what Test rugby is.It is about being brutal, it is about being physical and it is about dominating the set piece.” 

ENGLAND SIDE TO PLAY FRANCE
2020 Six Nations Championship
Stade de France
Kick-off 3pm (GMT)
Live on BBC

15 George Furbank (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
14 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 52 caps)
13 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 40 caps)
12 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 79 caps) C
11 Elliot Daly (Saracens, 39 caps)
10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 65 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 95 caps)

1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 68 caps)
2 Jamie George (Saracens, 45 caps)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 31 caps)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 34 caps)
5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
6 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 81 caps)
7 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 15 caps) 
8 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 19 caps)

Replacements:
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 21 caps)
17 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 14 caps)
18 Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
19 George Kruis (Saracens, 41 caps)
20 Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 6 caps)
21 Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 9 caps)
22 Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs, 1 cap)
23 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 47 caps)

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