Six Nations 2013: Tuilagi, Lawes and Hartley back for England
SIX NATIONS: ENGLAND v FRANCE
Date: Saturday, 23 February
Kick-off: 17:00 GMT
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England have brought back Manu Tuilagi, Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley for Saturday's crunch Six Nations clash with France at Twickenham.
Tuilagi comes into the centres in place of Billy Twelvetrees, who drops to the bench, with Brad Barritt reverting to the inside centre berth.
Lawes replaces James Haskell, who has had flu, at blind-side flanker and Hartley ousts Tom Youngs at hooker.
Haskell and Youngs will both be on the bench for the Championship leaders.
Lawes, frequently used as a second row, will be making both his first start in the Six Nations and his first Test start in the number six shirt.
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Unbeaten England go into the game on the back of
a gritty win in Dublin
a fortnight ago and coach Stuart Lancaster admitted: "We thought long and hard about changing a winning team which did so well against Ireland.
"But we believe that Dylan, Courtney and Manu are ready for the opportunity and allow us to vary our play, while the bench will add impact and energy as the game unfolds in the second half.
"The players are really looking forward to getting back to Twickenham; the atmosphere in the stadium is fantastic and hopefully the crowd can get behind us in what is sure to be a great challenge against a motivated and physical French team."
France are currently bottom of the table after two defeats in two games - their worst start to a Championship for 31 years - while England opened their account with a big win against Scotland before edging past Ireland in driving rain.
The visitors have
dropped seven players
after the defeat by Wales last time out, with Wesley Fofana returning to the midfield as part of a powerful centre combination with Mathieu Bastareaud.
The Toulon centre lines up opposite the equally powerful Tuilagi, who returns to the England midfield after making his comeback from an ankle injury off the bench in the win over Ireland.
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