Six Nations 2020: England Matchday Squad for France

Eddie Jones

England men’s head coach Eddie Jones has confirmed his 25-man squad that has travelled to Paris ahead of England’s 2020 Guinness Six Nations match against France on Sunday (KO 3pm UK time, live on BBC).

Luke Cowan-Dickie, who returned to England for family reasons on Tuesday evening, will re-join the squad in Paris on Friday with Jack Singleton standing down from his earlier call up.

In addition, Joe Launchbury, apprentice Alex Mitchell and Anthony Watson have travelled with the squad.

Watson won’t be considered for selection due to an injury (calf) he was carrying before coming into camp.

Forwards
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 21 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 19 caps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 14 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 45 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 34 caps)
George Kruis (Saracens, 41 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 81 caps)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 6 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 68 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 31 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 15 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 58 caps)

Backs
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 39 caps)
Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs, 1 cap)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 79 caps)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 65 caps)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 9 caps)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 47 caps)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 52 caps)
Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 40 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 95 caps)

Any surprises in here?

18 thoughts on “Six Nations 2020: England Matchday Squad for France

    1. Don surely its time to let the Cipriani issue go, I think its evident that we didnt need him at the WC and he is having a tricky second season for Gloucester

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      1. Well, it was tongue in cheek Jimbo. As for not needing Cip at the WC ? Really? As I recall, England lost the final.. with the lacking in forethought Farrell as pivot, didn’t they?

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  1. How about no Williams and Ted Hill?
    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Ed……….
    Hill would have brought a bit of heft and grunt to the back row and Williams must be wondering what the hell he has done to lose Jones’ favour.

    1. Possibly but if Stuart is involved then I think it will be well deserved. He and Obano have been in great form for bath.
      I you think the pack with Ewels, Kruis, Itoje and Lawes wont have heft then theres no pleasing you.

      1. Jake. stop baiting me mate. I never said anything about the pack as a whole lacking beef. I am merely puzzled as to why Williams has been ditched for an international level novice and why Hill isn’t in the 23. That’s all. Let the Sarries thing go. I have my views, you have yours and that is how a democracy works.Ok?

        1. Woah someone is tetchy.
          I was merely pointing out that I thought Stuart’s form deserved a spot. There are only 2 TH places so one of them will miss out. Everyone clamoring for the inclusion of rookies.

  2. Chris Jones of the Beeb has stated what is likely known to those here, that Watson is out. He reckons on a b/line of Ford, Farrell, Tui with either Thorley or Daly on the wing. If the former, then Daly stays at 15. If the latter, then Daly moves to the wing with Furbank filling the 15 slot. More likely the former IMO. Jones (Beeb again) also reckons on Lawes at 6, Curry at 8, Underhill 7. I think Earl has been sent home. Presumably Ludlam on the bench. If this forecast proves prophetic, then this surely smacks of E Jones being fear driven. I mean France have mostly a pack of greenhorns up front, so a punt on Earl or Lud at 8 with the UnderCurry duo as flankers would have been the more progressive selection. As for the midfield, I’ve already commented on that. Ah well, safety 1st is the watchword it seems. England should prevail I think, but regards looking to the future at the same time? As a rugby (im)purist, I get that slight sinking feeling.

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      1. I agree on the back row selection (if it comes to it as stated above, of 6 Lawes 7 Underhill 8 Curry) as being fear driven and also nonsensical. We have, potentially, the best 6 in the world so why play him out of position…? Ludlam or Earl would have been far more exciting.

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        1. More forward thinking too. I mean is Lawes seen as Dngland’s 6 in 2023? This quasi phenomenon, or ‘innovation’, of playing locks at 6 is likely to ‘work’ only in a superior pack. People have mentioned Du Toit in this regard, but is he really a lock in the 1st place? Didn’t work for NZ in the semi too well did it? IMO, NZ missed Liam Squire in Japan, a proper, specialist 6. Conversely, Kaino didn’t feature as a ‘lock’ in Chicago, did he? This lock at blindside stuff is a blind alley for me, a fudge. Almost every position is mostly specialist these days, particularly in the pack.

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    1. Forecast for rain all weekend in Paris though Don. I want to see an exiting game as much as the next but England need to be pragmatic too. French forward pack has some serious size so I imagine Lawes is there for his lineout presence.
      Furbank with a baptism of fire but I am pleased we are seeing a fresh face at 15 – we are all still unconvinced of the Daly 15 experiment.

      1. Understand the extra ballast of Lawes, rain notwithstanding. However, the French pack is by and large inexperienced. I’m picking that they will either throw intercepts, spill it or give dumb pens away. Dngland, or to give them their correct title this time, England could have been confident enough to have started with Lud (or Earl, more caps, or even the omitted Dombrandt) at 8, Underhill at 6 and Curry 7. They could then have had the option of bringing Lawes on pronto if they were in danger of being overrun by French juggerlocks.

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        1. Additionally, as already mentioned and even though it’s an isolated example, S Barrett didn’t work in NZ’s semi. As it turned out, the lineout wasn’t the issue, the breakdown was. England have the experienced Itoje and also Kruis to call upon in this regard if Ewells doesn’t match up. They should suffice.

  3. JD’s assessments aside, England’s team v France is; G Furbank (Northampton), J May (Leicester), M Tuilagi (Leicester), O Farrell (Saracens, capt), E Daly (Saracens), G Ford (Leicester), B Youngs (Leicester), J Marler (Harlequins), J George (Saracens), K Sinckler (Harlequins), M Itoje (Saracens), C Ewels (Bath), C Lawes (Northampton), S Underhill (Bath), T Curry (Sale). Replacements: L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), E Genge (Leicester), W Stuart (Bath), G Kruis (Saracens), L Ludlam (Northampton), W Heinz (Gloucester), O Devoto (Exeter), J Joseph (Bath). So, it’s Daly on the wing, Furbank at 15. Typically contrarily, Jones has also brought Ewells into lock and conservatively, Lawes at 6. Mako’s out (eye injury apparently), Marler’s in. Farrell’s still captain of course. Only innovation seems to be Furbank at f/back then. Mostly been commentated on before, but is Ewells a better option than Kruis? Is Lawes a better 6 than Underhill? Would the pack be better balanced with Earl, Ludlam or even the unpicked Dombrant at 8 and Curry at 7? Is this England’s best midfield? No point in really mentioning the 1/2back situation, is there? Still, should be a strong enought team for the French job I suppose, but is it’s composition progressive? Could it have been a better picked team? Bench looks better picked to me.

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