England bring in Watson to replace injured Joseph for France final

Anthony Watson will replace injured Bath teammate Jonathan Joseph on the wing for England’s clash against France in Sunday’s Autumn Nations Cup final in the only change from the squad that has beat Wales last time.

Watson, who overcame his own injury to start on the bench against Wales, took over from Joseph when he suffered a calf injury early in the second half of England’s 24-13 win at Llanelli .

Center Joe Marchant is also back from injury and secures a substitute spot with Max Malins, while Ollie Lawrence misses. Ben Earl is preferred over Jack Willis as a backup flanker, but there is no room for Joe Marler, as Ellis Genge and Will Stuart provide front row cover.

England advanced to the final by overtaking Group A with victories over Georgia, Ireland and Wales, while France won Group B after beating Italy and Scotland and have been surrendered against Fiji, stricken by COVID.

Saturday’s squad are England’s most experienced (just like last week’s), with 813 caps. The less experienced players are flankers Sam Underhill (21 caps) and Tom Curry (27).

In contrast, France, who beat England in their Six Nations opener in February, will be a predominantly young side due to the agreement between the clubs and the national union that no player could be involved in more than three of their fall games.

Sunday’s game will be England’s first in front of fans since March, with 2,000 cleared at Twickenham. Around 400 tickets were given to local NHS workers, including 50 seated in the royal box.

“We are really looking forward to this final, facing France and having another chance to win a trophy this fall,” said head coach Eddie Jones, who led England to their third Six Nations title in five. five weeks ago.

“Over the past two months, the players have put in real effort, worked very hard on and off the pitch and have followed the protocols and new working methods.

“It was another positive learning week with hard and hard training and we can’t wait to get on the pitch in front of our fans and play a good rugby game. ”

England starting from the XV against France:

Daly, Watson, Slade, Farrell (capitaine), mai; Ford, Youngs, M Vunipola, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Launchbury, Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola.


Cowan-Dickie, Genge, Stuart, Hill, Earl, Robson, Malins, Marchant.

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