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Lancaster axes Ashton for Six Nations opener

Posted on 29/01/2014 in Rugby

Chris Ashton has been dropped by Stuart Lancaster for England's Six Nations Opener against France on Saturday (February 1st).  

The Saracens winger was not at his finest in the autumn internationals and the head coach has instead put his faith in the likes of Jonny May and two players new to international rugby, Jack Nowell and Anthony Watson.

Other high-profile casualties include British and Irish Lions Ben Youngs, with Lancaster preferring the in-form scrum-half duo of Lee Dickson and Danny Care.

"We are excited about the players we are taking to Paris and what a great place to open our Six Nations campaign against a French team who will be massively motivated, especially after the last two games between us," said Lancaster.

He explained that at this level, competition for places will always be intense, but the younger members of his squad have really impressed both for their clubs and in training.

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