Six Nations 2019 LIVE Rugby Results & Line-Ups
Six Nations 2019 LIVE rugby results: England vs France news and line-ups, Scotland vs Ireland, Italy vs Wales
The second weekend of the Six Nations is upon us, with Saturday’s action headlined by a clash between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield.
The defending Grand Slam champions arrive in Edinburgh a wounded team after seeing their exceptional run of form and formidable home winning streak ended with a brutal 32-20 defeat to England in which they failed to match the visitors’ physicality and intensity.
They face a Scotland team that began their campaign with a bonus-point win over Italy but will have been alarmed by a lack of concentration that saw them concede three tries in the final 10 minutes.
Saturday’s late afternoon action comes from Rome, where Italy, who have now lost 18 successive matches in the competition, will look to build on that late flurry against Wales at the Stadio Olimpico.
Warren Gatland has made 10 changes to the side that remarkably overturned a 16-point half-time deficit in Paris on Friday night thanks to some inexplicable French errors.
Standard Sport will keep you up to date with all the action as well as looking ahead to the latest edition of ‘Le Crunch’ at Twickenham, which takes place on Sunday afternoon.
Ashton and Lawes recalled
England have sprung a surprise by selecting Chris Ashton in place of Jack Nowell for Sunday’s Guinness Six Nations clash with France at Twickenham.
Nowell impressed in the 32-20 victory over Ireland in Dublin but has lost his spot on the right wing to Ashton, the Top 14 record try-scorer who makes his first Championship start since 2013.
“We have gone for Chris Ashton on the wing because we think he might sneak us a try early in the game,” head coach Eddie Jones said.
“Jack Nowell was brilliant against Ireland and he’ll play a significant role for us off the bench.”
The second change to the starting XV sees Courtney Lawes partner George Kruis at lock after Maro Itoje was struck down by a knee injury at the Aviva Stadium. Filling the vacancy on the bench created by Lawes’ promotion is Joe Launchbury.
England team to face France
15 Elliot Daly (Wasps, 26 caps) 14 Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks, 43 caps) 13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 18 caps) 12 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 28 caps) 11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 41 caps) 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 66 caps) (c) 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 81 caps) 1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 52 caps) 2 Jamie George (Saracens, 33 caps) 3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 18 caps) 4 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 69 caps) 5 George Kruis (Saracens, 28 caps) 6 Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 9 caps) 7 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 6 caps) 8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 37 caps)
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 8 caps) 17 Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs, 4 caps) 18 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 82 caps) 19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 54 caps) 20 Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 19 caps) 21 Dan Robson (Wasps, uncapped) 22 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 52 caps) 23 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 30 caps) (Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Toby Davis)
England vs France
Jamie George says England’s pack are “relishing” the prospect of taking on France’s huge forwards in the scrum on Sunday, writes Will Macpherson.
France fielded a pack weighing more than 150 stone against Wales last week and similar bulk is expected at Twickenham.
But hooker George believes size does not matter and says England must focus on technique and look to tire out France.
England’s pack were superb in victory over Ireland in Dublin and George believes that was down to a collective effort in the scrum.
“I’ve played France a few times now and they’re always a big, well-drilled pack,” said the 28-year-old.
“We’re very aware of the threat and we’re going to have to make sure we’re right on it.
“At the same time we’re a decent, heavy pack so we’re very up for the fight.
“Weight is an advantage but Wales will have come out of that game pretty happy about the way they scrummed.
“Clearly there are ways around it and technique is a big part of that. How collective we are is something we really pride ourselves on.
“Everyone is buying into the scrum, which a lot of the time the back rowers don’t like doing.
“We’ve drilled it into them that they’re going to have to. Height is another thing — how low we can take their scrum.
“It’s hard dragging that weight around. But they seem to just bring on other props who go all right as well.
“We’re not afraid of the confrontation that’s going to come at scrum time, we’re relishing that opportunity.
“We were good in Dublin but we know we can take it to a different place in terms of the way we scrum.”
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