Six Nations: Guy Pepper called up to replace injured Chandler Cunningham-South as squad named for France finale | Rugby Union News


England have called up highly-rated Newcastle flanker Guy Pepper to replace Chandler Cunningham-South in the squad for this Saturday’s Six Nations finale against France in Lyon.

Cunningham-South has been sidelined by a calf injury.

England on Saturday ended Ireland’s hopes of historic back-to-back Six Nations Grand Slams with the final kick of the match at Twickenham, as Marcus Smith struck a last-gasp drop-goal to seal a 23-22 win.

England, who produced their best performance of the championship by a considerable distance, scored tries through Ollie Lawrence, George Furbank and Ben Earl.

England squad to face France in Lyon

Forwards: Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers); Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers); Alex Coles (Northampton Saints); Luke Cowan-Dickie (Sale Sharks); Theo Dan (Saracens); Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins); Ben Earl (Saracens); Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby); Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears); Jamie George (Saracens); Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers); Maro Itoje (Saracens); Joe Marler (Harlequins); George Martin (Leicester Tigers); Beno Obano (Bath Rugby); Guy Pepper (Newcastle Falcons); Ethan Roots (Exeter Chiefs); Will Stuart (Bath Rugby); Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)

Backs: Danny Care (Harlequins); Elliot Daly (Saracens); Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints); Immanuel Feyi-Waboso (Exeter Chiefs); George Ford (Sale Sharks); Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints); George Furbank (Northampton Saints); Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby); Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints); Will Muir (Bath Rugby); Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks); Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs); Fin Smith (Northampton Saints); Marcus Smith (Harlequins); Ben Spencer (Bath Rugby); Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers); Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks)

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James Cole reflects on England’s Six Nations win over Ireland at Twickenham, labelling it the best performance of Steve Borthwick’s tenure.

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