Ashton and Lawes to start against France

Chris Ashton has been recalled to the England starting team to face France

"He's a try poacher and we've just got a gut feeling he'll be right for the start of the game and Jack will be right for the end of the game", said Jones.

"Jack was absolutely outstanding for us last week, so it's just a different role for him", he said.

Jones has made two changes to the starting XV that beat Ireland last weekend with Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) selected in the second row following the injury to Maro Itoje in Dublin. Filling the vacancy on the bench created by Lawes' promotion is Joe Launchbury.

"It is unfortunate Maro is injured but he has been rehabbing well so we are hopeful he will be back earlier than maybe first predicted".

Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury and Ben Moon were not involved last weekend, but the trio have been named among the replacements by coach Eddie Jones.

Neither flanker Brad Shields nor wing Joe Cokanasiga have made the matchday 23 despite recovering from respective side and knee injuries.

Chris Ashton will enjoy his first Six Nations start since 2013 recalling that a year ago he was resigned to having played his last game in the championship as he worked as a TV analyst.

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France got off to a rocky beginning last week, blowing a 16-0 halftime lead to lose 24-19 at home to Wales after a series of blunders. "By Sunday we'll be at our best".

"We can't wait to play in front of our supporters", he added.

"We've always had a high opinion of him as a player and now he's available we can pick him", the Australian said. They are full of talent and have a lot of unpredictability.

Ashton, who spent years in the worldwide wilderness following a series of suspensions and a move to France, returned to the England scene in November when he came off the bench against South Africa then scored a try against New Zealand.

Sale star Chris Ashton has revealed he feels "privileged" to be included in England's Six Nations starting line-up against France, Sky Sports report. But I think we will be able to take care of him.' Despite the praise heaped on England for their victory at the Aviva last week, captain Owen Farrell was keen to look forward rather than revel in the success.

It is a courageous move selecting Bamba at prop for such a big game ahead of Atonio, who has 32 test caps, especially considering Bamba's only two worldwide appearances were from the bench and he will be up against Mako Vunipola. Courtney Lawes, 5. George Kruis, 6. Reps: L Cowan-Dickie, B Moon, D Cole, J Launchbury, N Hughes, D Robson, G Ford, J Nowell.

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