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Gloucester's Billy Twelvetrees on replacements bench for England's Six Nations clash with France

By Youngy10  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

Billy Twelvetrees

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BILLY Twelvetrees drops to the replacements bench for England's Six Nations clash with France as Manu Tuilagi returns to Stuart Lancaster's team after injury.

Tuilagi returns as one of three changes to the side that claimed victory against Ireland in Dublin two weeks ago, as Northampton pair Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes both return to the starting XV.

Hartley replaces Tom Youngs, Lawes comes in for James Haskell with both players dropping to join Twelvetrees on the replacements bench.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "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."

England (v France, Saturday, 5pm, Twickenham Stadium, live on BBC One) 
15. Alex Goode (Saracens, 8 caps) 
14. Chris Ashton (Saracens, 31 caps) 
13. Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 18 caps)
12. Brad Barritt (Saracens, 13 caps)
11. Mike Brown (Harlequins, 13 caps) 
10. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 14 caps) 
9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 30 caps) 
1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 7 caps) 
2. Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 44 caps) 
3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 37 caps) 
4. Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 6 caps) 
5. Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 14 caps) 
6. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 17 caps) 
7. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 14 caps) 
8. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 15 caps) 
16. Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 6 caps) 
17. David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 24 caps) 
18. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 6 caps) 
19. James Haskell (London Wasps, 47 caps) 
20. Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps) 
21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 38 caps)
22. Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers, 54 caps)
23. Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 2 caps

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  • ostronskygreg  |  February 21 2013, 9:16PM

    Rupert Harden = Gloucester Rugby's top rated tight head and there is no doubt about that whatsoever.

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  • corsa_corsa  |  February 21 2013, 9:14PM

    Rupert Harden is Gloucester Rugby's top tight head. He is ND's go to man for the key games.

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  • kenfarnwood  |  February 21 2013, 9:12PM

    The fact is, Rupert Harden is Gloucester's best and most proficient tight head by a country mile.

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  • CrazyLegs  |  February 21 2013, 9:03PM

    The DoR, Nigel Davies, knows that Harden is his top tight head; everyone else knows that Rupert is the best tight head at Glaws. The only one who thinks otherwise and thinks he knows more about rugby and the Gloucester Rugby players than Nigel Davies is the troll glawsteruk1/Django_G.

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  • telwez  |  February 21 2013, 9:01PM

    RUPERT HARDEN... Nigel Davies' selection as his first choice tight head. Not second or third but FIRST CHOICE.

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  • craigben  |  February 21 2013, 9:00PM

    Rupert harden; Gloucester's best tight head.

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  • haztooms  |  February 21 2013, 8:58PM

    Rupert Harden... Most starts at tight head.... Most starts of any front row player. That proves he is the top rated tight head at Gloucester.

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  • starturn  |  February 21 2013, 8:57PM

    Harden proved time and time again, why he is the number one tight head at Gloucester and why the multi-troll glawsteruk1/Django_G is clueless about any aspect of rugby union.

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  • rayglaws  |  February 21 2013, 8:56PM

    Our scrum is always underpowered when Harden isn't in there propping.

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  • garthshawX  |  February 21 2013, 8:54PM

    The number 3 shirt belongs to Harden. ND has selected him as his first choice.

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