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England name six Tigers in Calcutta 22

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England head coach Brian Ashton has named six Leicester Tigers in his 22-man squad for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations opener with Scotland at Twickenham.

Harry Ellis, George Chuter, Louis Deacon and Martin Corry all start, while Julian White and Lewis Moody claim a place on the bench for the Calcutta Cup clash.

Tigers have more players in both the starting XV and the 22 than any other club, with London Wasps next in line with a total of four players making the match-day squad.

Corry , along with Mike Tindall and Phil Vickey, is in line to win his 50th international cap, with Ellis making his first England appearance since last year's 6 Nations tournament.

Tindall also returns to the team for his first international since the 2006 competition and Vickery leads the team for the first time in a full test at Twickenham.

Saracens inside centre Andy Farrell is set for his England debut in a side which also sees the return from test retirement of Jason Robinson and a first international start for Jonny Wilkinson (Newcastle Falcons) since the RWC 2003 final.

Ashton said: "I'm delighted to announce a strong England 22 for what will be a very challenging match against Scotland on Saturday. The starting XV includes a debut for Andy Farrell. It is well documented that I have been an admirer of Andy 's career  for a number of years and I'm looking forward to seeing him play rugby union for his country.

"I'm also pleased that Jason Robinson has decided to return from international retirement and that Jonny Wilkinson has returned to fitness after his recent injury and that both are available for the Scotland game."    


I5         Iain Balshaw              Gloucester Rugby
14        Josh Lewsey              London Wasps 
13        Mike Tindall               Gloucester Rugby
12        Andy Farrell               Saracens
11        Jason Robinson        Sale Sharks
10        Jonny Wilkinson        Newcastle Falcons
9          Harry Ellis                   Leicester Tigers

1          Perry Freshwater      Perpignan
2          George Chuter          Leicester Tigers
3          Phil Vickery                London Wasps, capt
4          Louis Deacon            Leicester Tigers
5          Danny Grewcock       Bath Rugby
6          Joe Worsley               London Wasps 
7          Magnus Lund              Sale Sharks
8          Martin Corry               Leicester Tigers


16        Lee Mears                 Bath Rugby
17        Julian White               Leicester Tigers
18        Tom Palmer               London Wasps
19        Lewis Moody             Leicester Tigers
20        Pete Richards           Gloucester Rugby
21        Toby Flood                Newcastle Falcons
22        Mathew Tait               Newcastle Falcons