London - Leicester lock Geoff Parling was recalled by England head coach
Stuart Lancaster on Thursday for Saturday's decisive Six Nations
showdown with France at Twickenham.
Parling comes into the second
row in place of Dave Attwood, who drops out of the squad, in the only
change to the team that overcame Scotland 25-13 last weekend. Harlequins
number eight Nick Easter returns to the bench.
"Geoff did well
off the bench against Scotland and now that he has got some games under
his belt we feel it is the right time to start him and use his
experience and quality in the starting line-up," Lancaster said in a
"The same goes for Nick Easter, who has really
impressed in camp and in his appearances off the bench. Nick is a
quality ball-carrier and great defender - things we feel we'll need in
the latter stages of the game."
Seeking a first Championship
success since 2011, England go into the final weekend level on points
with Ireland and Wales at the top of the table, but with a points
difference advantage of +4 and +25 over their respective pursuers.
Wales play away to Italy on Saturday, while Ireland tackle Scotland in Edinburgh.
"Finishing off the tournament at home is going to be a great occasion," Lancaster added.
support against Scotland last week was fantastic and this weekend we
really need the crowd to get behind the team and drive them forward in
what will be an exciting finale to this year's Championship."
selection is the reward for a powerful 30-minute cameo from the bench
against Scotland and will see the British and Irish Lion replace
Courtney Lawes in running the line-out.
Attwood misses out despite
having started in all four matches of the tournament so far, with
36-year-old Easter's experience giving him the edge.
prop Dan Cole will win his 50th cap and Lancaster said: "It's a great
achievement for Dan to win his 50th cap, especially coming back from his
injury last year.
"He is one of the cornerstones of our squad and we all wish him all the best."
England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Jack Nowell, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 James Haskell, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Geoff Parling, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Substitutes: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Nick Easter, 20 Tom Wood, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Billy Twelvetrees.
France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Noa Nakaitaci, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Vincent Debaty
Substitutes: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Rabah Slimani, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Rory Kockott, 22 Remi Tales, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud