Wilkinson dropped

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Wilkinson dropped

Martin Johnson has selected Toby Flood ahead of Jonny Wilkinson for England’s clash with France on Saturday.

Wilkinson has been in poor form throughout the competition, and has failed to ignite the Poms’ attacking game. Flood is one of a number of changes as Northampton duo Ben Foden and Chris Ashton start. Foden comes in at fullback for Delon Armitage, while winger Ashton replaces Ugo Monye.

Mike Tindall comes in for centre Mathew Tait, while Simon Shaw starts at lock.

In the back row, Lewis Moody is named on the openside flank, with Joe Worsley moving to the blindside.

England – Ben Foden (Northampton); Mark Cueto (Sale), Mike Tindall (Gloucester), Riki Flutey (Brive), Chris Ashton (Northampton); Toby Flood (Leicester), Danny Care (Harlequins); Tim Payne (Wasps), Dylan Hartley (Northampton), Dan Cole (Leicester), Simon Shaw (Wasps), Steve Borthwick (Saracens, capt), Joe Worsley (Wasps), Lewis Moody (Leicester), Nick Easter (Harlequins).
Subs: Steve Thompson (Brive), David Wilson (Bath), Louis Deacon (Leicester), James Haskell (Stade Francais), Ben Youngs (Leicester), Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon), Mathew Tait (Sale).

Bastareaud recalled

Marc Lievremont has made one change to France’s side to play England in Paris.

Centre Mathieu Bastareaud was on the bench for their 46-20 win over Italy, but has replaced David Marty.

France – Clement Poitrenaud; Marc Andreu, Mathieu Bastareaud, Yannick Jauzion, Alexis Palisson; Francois Trinh-Duc, Morgan Parra; Thomas Domingo, William Servat, Nicolas Mas, Lionel Nallet, Julien Pierre, Thierry Dusautoir, Julien Bonnaire, Imanol Harinordoquy.
Subs: Dimitri Szarzewski, Jean-Baptiste Poux, Sebastien Chabal, Alexandre Lapandry, Dimitri Yachvili, David Marty, Julien Malzieu.