England opt for consistency

England coach Stuart Lancaster will field the same team that was defeated 26-24 in Paris against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

This will be the first time in 23 matches that Lancaster has not made any changes, creating the notion that he sees potential in the combinations that he has assembled.

'I think they deserve an opportunity to bounce back from that defeat. I am very proud of the way they worked themselves back into the game [from 16-3 down]. I think they deserve another crack at it,' he said.

One area of concern may have been at tighthead, where Dan Cole was dominated by Thomas Domingo, but Lancaster is impressed enough with his work rate to give him another chance.

'His durability as a tighthead is incredible, really. His ability to defend, ball-carry, scrum and ruck for 80 minutes has been developed at Leicester Tigers,' he said. 'The more you do it at club level, the more comfortable you are in internationals.'

Jonny May, the young wing who left the field after 12 minutes with a broken nose in Paris, is deemed fit enough to take his place in the starting line-up.

England – 15 Mike Brown, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Danny Care, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Subs: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Brad Barritt, 23 Alex Goode.

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