George Furbank will make his England debut as they take on France at the Six Nations on Sunday. The 23-year-old Northampton full-back will be replacing Anthony Watson still out due to a calf injury.
The young full-back will be joining Elliot Daly and Jonny may in the back three.
The full England squad stands as follows:
Furbank; May, Tuilagi, Farrell (capt), Daly; Ford, B Youngs; Marler, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Ewels, Lawes, Underhill, Curry.
Reserves: Cowan-Dickie, Genge, Stuart, Kruis, Ludlam, Heinz, Devoto, Joseph
England head coach Eddie Jones will have to face France without Billy Vunipola who broke his arm while playing for Saracens during their game against Racing 92.
No explanation has yet been given as to the absence of Mako Vunipola who earlier suffered an eye-related injury but was expected to have been fit to play in England’s Six Nations game against France.
Instead, Joe Marler will be in the starting line up with Ellis Genge waiting on the bench.
Eddie Jones has promised that his reshuffled squad would give France a run for their money as he went on to say the following :
“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 full-back.
“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.”