Danny Cipriani to get another chance to push for World Cup spot
MIke Brown returns against France while Sam Burgess and Henry Slade miss out
Danny Cipriani has another chance to push for a World Cup spot as he starts off the bench for England against France on Saturday. Photograph: AFP
The versatile Sale Sharks player, who earlier this month was re-bailed until after the World Cup following his arrest in June on suspicion of drink-driving, was rarely involved during his 30 minutes on the pitch in last weekend’s victory over the French at Twickenham, but his head coach will give him another opportunity in Paris.
Lancaster is likely to give Cipriani that chance at full-back when he comes on, as Mike Brown is set to start for the first time since he suffered concussion in March. Jamie George gets the chance to audition for a spot as the third hooker while Billy Twelvetrees is also named among the replacements alongside Nick Easter.
The starting line-up contains 14 changes from the one at Twickenham, with only Jonny May remaining of the first XV. Chris Robshaw returns to lead the side in Paris while Joe Launchbury plays his first international in 12 months after returning from injury.
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “Having reviewed last Saturday there were a lot of things we were pleased with considering it was the first game. There is now an opportunity for those not involved or who didn’t get much opportunity from the bench to put a marker down and build on that performance.
“France were very good last weekend and will be even stronger at home and this will be a big test but these guys have been working hard for the opportunity and are desperate to go out and perform. I’m delighted for Jamie George who hopefully gets his first cap and also Joe Launchbury, who has worked tirelessly and patiently to get back to fitness.”
England team: M Brown (Harlequins); J Nowell (Exeter), J Joseph (Bath), L Burrell (Northampton), J May (Gloucester); G Ford (Bath), B Youngs (Leicester); J Marler (Harlequins), T Youngs (Leicester), D Cole (Leicester), C Lawes (Northampton), J Launchbury (Wasps), J Haskell (Wasps), C Robshaw (Harlequins), B Vunipola (Wasps)