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Burrell, Nowell to make England debuts in 6 Nations opener against France.

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LONDON - England is giving debuts to outside centre Luther Burrell and wing Jack Nowell as an experienced side opens its Six Nations campaign against France on Saturday.

Burrell has impressed throughout the season for Northampton, and starts ahead of Brad Barritt who is included on the bench.

Nowell has benefited from injuries to Marland Yarde and Christian Wade to seize the number 14 jersey from the axed Chris Ashton.

Jonny May wins his second cap on the left wing having appeared against Argentina during last year's tour.

The fourth change to the back line that started November's 30-22 loss to New Zealand sees Danny Care picked at scrum-half with Lee Dickson supplying cover from the bench.

Care partners Owen Farrell at half back with Billy Twelvetrees reselected at inside centre and Mike Brown at full back.

Care, Farrell and Brown have 81 caps between them, but there are only nine test appearances in the remainder of the back line as coach Stuart Lancaster decides to gamble on potential at the Stade de France.

A further risk is the lack of specialist flyhalf cover on the bench where Alex Goode, who plays full back for Saracens, will act as backup to Farrell.

England's pack excelled throughout the autumn and the eight that started against the All Blacks have been retained for Saturday's game.

"We felt the pack went well in the autumn and it's right to leave it unchanged," Lancaster said. "But we have some quality players to come on off the bench, including two British and Irish Lions in Tom Youngs and Mako Vunipola."

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Team: Mike Brown, Jack Nowell, Luther Burrell, Billy Twelvetrees, Jonny May, Owen Farrell, Danny Care; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw (captain), Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Tom Youngs, Mako Vunipola, Henry Thomas, Dave Attwood, Ben Morgan, Lee Dickson, Brad Barritt, Alex Goode.

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