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Saints quartet start for unchanged England in Paris

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Phil Dowson retains his place amongst the replacements as one of five Saints who were also involved as England narrowly failed to claim a last gasp draw against Wales a fortnight ago.

Elsewhere, Courtney Lawes misses out with a leg knock and is replaced by Tom Palmer on the bench while Charlie Hodgson is back in the squad at the expense of Toby Flood, having recovered fully from a finger injury.


Lancaster was happy with the changes he made before the Wales game and is confident they will pay dividends at Stade de France.


"It was a forced change going into he Wales game but it was an opportunity to have a look at Owen, Brad and Manu together and I felt they delivered," he commented. "Lee (Dickson) deserved to keep his spot (at scrum-half) for the tempo and what he brings. Owen, Brad and Manu played well and there was no reason to change it."


The game follows hot on the heels of the Saints v Scarlets LV= Cup semi-final and as such, will be shown live in HD on big screens around Franklin's Gardens. If you don't have your match tickets for the game at the Gardens yet, click here to book and enjoy a Sunday afternoon of double rugby!


ENGLAND SIDE TO FACE FRANCE

SIX NATIONS 2012

Stade de France

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Kick off 3pm

15 Ben FODEN (Northampton Saints)

14 Chris ASHTON (Northampton Saints)

13 Manu TUILAGI (Leicester Tigers)

12 Brad BARRITT (Saracens)

11 David STRETTLE (Saracens)

10 Owen FARRELL (Saracens)

9 Lee DICKSON (Northampton Saints)

1 Alex CORBISIERO (London Irish)

2 Dylan HARTLEY (Northampton Saints)

3 Dan COLE (Leicester Tigers)

4 Mouritz BOTHA (Saracens)

5 Geoff PARLING (Leicester Tigers)

6 Tom CROFT (Leicester Tigers)

7 Chris ROBSHAW (capt) (Harlequins)

8 Ben MORGAN (Scarlets)


Replacements

16 Rob WEBBER (London Wasps)

17 Matt STEVENS (Saracens)

18 Tom PALMER (Stade Francais)

19 Phil DOWSON (Northampton Saints)

20 Ben YOUNGS (Leicester Tigers)

21 Charlie HODGSON (Saracens)

22 Mike BROWN (Harlequins)