Monday 25 September 2017

Farrell returns for slam bid

Owen Farrell will steer England's bid for their first grand slam since 2003 after being recalled at fly-half for tomorrow's Six Nations title decider against Wales in Cardiff (5.0).

Farrell (21) missed last week's 18-11 victory over Italy with a thigh strain and comes in for Toby Flood, who kicked all England's points in that game. Ben Youngs also returns at scrum-half for Danny Care.

Tom Croft, who appeared as a replacement against Italy 11 months after breaking his neck, starts at blindside flanker instead of James Haskell, while Joe Marler is back at prop for Mako Vunipola.

Victory for England would give them their first grand slam since their World Cup-winning year, but they could still win their second championship in three years if they are beaten by fewer than eight points.

Irish Independent

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