World Cup: Stuart Lancaster says France game 'last chance' for some

Sam Burgess
Sam Burgess switched codes in October and has yet to play for England

Stuart Lancaster says Saturday's match with France is a final chance for some of his players to impress before he selects his World Cup squad.

England play two warm-up matches against Les Bleus before announcing their final 31-man squad on 31 August.

Among those starting at Twickenham this weekend is uncapped former rugby league international Sam Burgess, at centre.

Head coach Lancaster said: "It's the opportunity because the following week we'll probably change a lot."

England team to face France
England XV: 15-Alex Goode, 14-Anthony Watson, 13-Henry Slade, 12- Sam Burgess, 11-Jonny May, 10- Owen Farrell, 9- Richard Wigglesworth; 1-Mako Vunipola, 2- Rob Webber, 3- Kieran Brookes, 4- George Kruis, 5-Geoff Parling, 6-Tom Wood, 7-Calum Clark, 8- Ben Morgan
Replacements: 16-Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17-Alex Corbisiero, 18-David Wilson, 19-Dave Attwood, 20- James Haskell, 21- Danny Care, 22-Danny Cipriani, 23-Billy Twelvetrees

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