March 8, 2018 / 9:24 AM / 2 months ago

Injured Hartley misses England trip to France

LONDON (Reuters) - Dylan Hartley has been ruled out of England’s team to play France in the Six Nations in Paris on Saturday with a calf injury while Anthony Watson will start at fullback and Ben Te’o at centre following the defeat by Scotland two weeks ago.

Rugby Union - England Training - St Edward's School, Oxford, Britain - February 28, 2018 England's Dylan Hartley during training Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

British and Irish Lion Jamie George, who has spent most of his international career coming off the bench to replace his captain at hooker, will start his second test, with Luke Cowan-Dickie added to the replacements in the squad named by coach Eddie Jones on Thursday.

Te’o will start at outside centre to combat the power of Mathieu Bastareaud, while Elliot Daly returns to the starting XV at left wing. Watson comes in for Mike Brown, who is dropped to the bench alongside back rowers James Haskell and Sam Simmonds.

Centre Owen Farrell will captain the side with his Saracens team mate Mako Vunipola named as vice-captain.Team: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Jonny May, 13 Ben Te’o, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Chris Robshaw, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Maro Itoje, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.

Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 James Haskell, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Jonathan Joseph, 23 Mike Brown.

Reporting by Mitch Phillips; Editing by John O'Brien

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