Search

Chris Ashton released back to Saracens as England squad unchanged for Scotland

09:31 05 February 2014

Chris Ashton of Saracens. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

Chris Ashton of Saracens. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

2013 Getty Images

Saracens wing Chris Ashton has received a second England snub as head coach Stuart Lancaster has given a vote of confidence to the players beaten in painful circumstances by France by selecting the same squad for Saturday’s clash with Scotland.

The Heineken Cup’s top try-scorer has been released back to Sarries for this weekend’s Premiership visit of London Irish.

Lancaster has kept faith with the 23 who were edged 26-24 in Paris on the opening day of the RBS 6 Nations Championship as the Red Rose team seek to reignite their title challenge.

Lancaster will announce his starting XV for the Calcutta Cup showdown at Murrayfield this morning, but it will almost certainly be an identical line-up.

“We were disappointed by the result against France, but very proud of many aspects of the performance,” Lancaster said.

“We want to give the same 23 the opportunity to build on that against Scotland.”

The only injury concerns that arose from the Stade de France were wing Jonny May’s fractured nose and the cheekbone damage sustained by lock Courtney Lawes.

Lawes was passed fit on Sunday when it was revealed he had suffered only bruising and May was cleared to play in Edinburgh on Monday evening.

Wing Anthony Watson, fly-half George Ford and prop Matt Mullan travelled to Paris as reserves, but are among 10 players to have been released back to their clubs for the weekend’s Aviva Premiership action.

“All the squad have been excellent in training over the last two days and I know those going back to play for their clubs will be determined to put a marker down for the subsequent Six Nations matches,” Lancaster said.

There was much to admire in England’s performance against France, not least the character displayed in turning a 16-3 deficit into a 24-19 lead that was overtaken three minutes from time by a brilliant converted try by substitute Gael Fickou.

Danny Care and Owen Farrell bristled with attacking intent, debutants Luther Burrell and Jack Nowell grew in stature and the pack were in control up front.

But it was a game England should have won and Lancaster has lamented the errors that cost them a shot at the Grand Slam - and possibly the title - for another year.

Having opted to stick with the same 23, the starting XV selects itself with Lancaster highly unlikely to deviate from those selected to lead the assault on the Stade de France.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Ryan Mason:

Ryan Mason says Tottenham can take lessons from Manchester City’s 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane, stating the Lilywhites need to be more clinical, show the “know-how” that the top teams exhibit and lose some of their naivety if they are to progress.

Manchester City's matchwinner Sergio Aguero (left) battles Jan Vertonghen, Pic: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Sergio Aguero scored his 10th goal in seven games against Tottenham and closed in on the golden boot as the Lilywhites suffered a 1-0 defeat at White Hart Lane.

Sergio Aguero scored all four goals when Manchester City beat Tottenham 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium in October.

Tottenham correspondent Ben Pearce runs the rule over Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City ahead of their visit to White Hart Lane in tomorrow’s Premier League clash.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Pop on the most stylish eyewear around from Specsavers.

London eyecare specialists Specsavers are offering London24 readers the chance to win a £150 voucher to spend on stylish eyewear in the city.

Two phones. Same phone case. Genius.

To celebrate the launch of the first luxury dual phone case, PearPeel, we are giving away two of the black leather Rocha cases, perfect for holding two iPhone 6 handsets.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder