Eddie Jones hands a first England start to full-back Max Malins

Eddie Jones hands a first England start to full-back Max Malins with Elliot Daly dropped to the bench, as Luke Cowan-Dickie and Charlie Ewels come into the pack for Le Crunch against France

  • England face France at Twickenham on Saturday in the Six Nations
  • Eddie Jones’ defending champions have lost two of their opening three matches
  • Jones has made three changes to his starting XV for ‘Le Crunch’ against France
  • Max Malins, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Charlie Ewels all come in to the team 

Rookie full-back Max Malins will make his first England start against France after Elliot Daly was dropped to the bench.

Following defeats by Scotland and Wales, Eddie Jones has drafted the talented 24-year-old into the starting XV for the Twickenham Test.

Daly is one of Jones’ most-trusted players but the Lions star has been short of form so far in the Six Nations. 

Full-back Max Malins (centre) starts in place of the out-of-form Elliot Daly

Saracens utility back Daly is dropped having been out of form for the Six Nations so far

15 Max Malins; 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jonny May; 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs; 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3 Kyle Sinckler; 4 Maro Itoje, 5 Charlie Ewels; 6 Mark Wilson, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry.

Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Jonny Hill, 20 Ben Earl; 21 Dan Robson, 22 Ollie Lawrence, 23 Elliot Daly. 

As revealed by Sportsmail, Malins is one of three new faces in the starting team, with Luke Cowan-Dickie and Charlie Ewels also drafted in.

Cowan-Dickie replaces Jamie George at hooker, while Ewels is named ahead of Jonny Hill at lock.

‘This France game is one we are really looking forward to,’ said Jones.

‘We are of course disappointed that we can’t defend the championship, but that makes this an even more important game. We want to show what we are capable of.

‘The squad have competed really hard in training since Sunday. I believe this is the best 23 to really take the game to France and get us on the front foot.’

The remainder of England’s starting XV remains unchanged.

Anthony Watson will earn his 50th cap on the wing, alongside Jonny May.

Despite criticism about some of his leadership credentials, Owen Farrell continues to captain in the No 12 jersey, continuing his midfield partnership with Henry Slade.

Exeter’s Luke Cowan-Dickie (pictured) starts in place of Saracens’ Jamie George at hooker

Bath lock Charlie Ewels (left) comes into the second row to partner Maro Itoje

Leicester pairing Ben Youngs and George Ford once again start at half-back, with Daly, Dan Robson and Ollie Lawrence providing backline cover from the bench.

In the front-row, Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler pack down at prop, either side of Cowan-Dickie.

Maro Itoje will partner Ewels at lock, with Mark Wilson, Tom Curry and Billy Vunipola named in the back-row.




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