Elliot Daly returns to England side for France game with Tuilagi on bench

Elliot Daly starts at left wing for England
Elliot Daly starts at left wing for England

England head coach Steve Borthwick has recalled Elliot Daly to the starting line-up to face France in the final round of the Six Nations.

Daly's inclusion comes after Immanuel Feyi-Waboso was ruled out of the encounter due to a concussion forcing Tommy Freeman to move to the right wing. Daly takes position at left wing with George Furbank at full-back.

George Ford retains his place at fly-half with Marcus Smith, who steered England to a thrilling win over Ireland with a late drop goal, continuing to be on the bench that also sees the return of Manu Tuilagi.

Tuilagi is expected to leave Sale Sharks when his contract expires this summer so Saturday's meeting with France could be his final international appearance, with the 32-year-old reportedly set for a move abroad.

“After such a hard-fought win against Ireland last week, we realise how important it is to back that performance up with another similar display in Lyon on Saturday,” said Borthwick.

“France remain one of the very top sides in the world, and will pose a great challenge for us.

“We’ve had a great preparation so far this week and there is a genuine sense of anticipation and determination around the camp as we head to what will be an exciting final weekend.”

England still have an outside chance of winning the Six Nations, but would need Scotland to beat Ireland in Dublin and then beat France with a try-bonus point in Lyon. 

England XV: 15 George Furbank, 14 Tommy Freeman, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ollie Lawrence, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Alex Mitchell, 8 Ben Earl, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Ollie Chessum, 5 George Martin, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Jamie George (c), 1 Ellis Genge

Replacements: 16 Theo Dan, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Ethan Roots, 20 Alex Dombrandt, 21 Danny Care, 22 Marcus Smith, 23 Manu Tuilagi