England forced into late change ahead of Autumn Nations Cup final

England will be without prop Mako Vunipola for today’s Autumn Nations Cup final.

The Saracens forward suffered an Achilles injury against Wales last weekend, and despite his best efforts has failed to recover in time.

Ellis Genge is promoted from the bench into the starting XV, with Joe Marler joining the replacements.

“Mako picked up an injury in last week’s game,” said England’s attack coach Simon Amor.

“We’ve given him every opportunity to recover for this one but unfortunately he hasn’t made it.”

England: Daly; Watson, Slade, Farrell (capt), May; Ford, Youngs; Genge, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Launchbury, Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola.

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Marler, Stuart, Hill, Earl, Robson, Malins, Marchant.

France: Dulin; Raka, Moefana, Danty, Villiere; Jalibert, Couilloud; Kolingar, Bourgarit, Aldegheri, Geraci, Pesenti, Woki, Jelonch, Tofofua.

Replacements: Mauvaka, Neti, Atonio, Ducat, Macalou, Bezy, Carbonel, Barassi.

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