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Five Tigers prepare for opener with England

Five Leicester Tigers players have travelled to Paris with the England squad ahead of Sunday’s Guinness Six Nations opener against France.

Tigers prop Ellis Genge is joined by clubmates George Ford, Jonny May, Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs in the 25-man group before the matchday line-up is confirmed on Friday.

Luke Cowan-Dickie, who returned to England for family reasons on Tuesday, will re-join the squad in Paris on Friday while Anthony Watson travels but will not be considered for selection due to a calf injury. 

France against England is a 3.00pm kick-off (UK time) on Sunday. There is live coverage on BBC TV.

You can watch the game on the big screen in The Clubhouse at Welford Road on our opening Kegs and Eggs event of the year. 

England squad (25)
Forwards

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 21 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 19 caps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 14 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 45 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 34 caps)
George Kruis (Saracens, 41 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 81 caps)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 6 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 68 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 31 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 15 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 58 caps)

Backs
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 39 caps)
Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs, 1 cap)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 79 caps)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 65 caps)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 9 caps)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 47 caps)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 52 caps)
Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 40 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 95 caps)