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Northampton Saints star George Furbank handed first England start

George Furbank will make his first England start against France. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints full-back George Furbank will his England debut against France on Sunday.

The 23-year-old has been named in the starting line-up for England's Six Nations opener in Paris, replacing Bath's Anthony Watson who has been ruled out with a calf injury.

It marks an incredible rise for Furbank who came through the ranks at his hometown club in Huntingdon before joining the Saints' academy as a teenager.

Since then, he's progressed to the first team at Franklin's Gardens and will now be rewarded with his first international cap.

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Saints teammate Courtney Lawes will also start at flanker, while Lewis Ludlam is among the replacements.

“We have really worried about ourselves, getting ourselves right. We have picked a strong forward pack which is part of the England way and an exciting backline with young George Furbank playing his first Test at full-back," Head Coach Eddie Jones said.

“France can expect absolute brutality from England, we are going to go out there to make sure they understand what Test rugby is. It is about being brutal, it is about being physical and it is about dominating the set piece.”

  • England team to face France

Furbank; May, Tuilagi, Farrell (capt), Daly; Ford, B Youngs; Marler, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Ewels, Lawes, Underhill, Curry.