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Six Nations: Leicester Tigers Tom Croft back to boost England

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Tom Croft has been given the chance to spearhead England's Grand Slam ambitions tomorrow.

The Leicester Tigers favourite will start at blindside flanker when England round off their Six Nations campaign against Wales, in Cardiff, with the championship on the line.

It will be only Croft's seventh appearance since recovering from a serious neck injury.

The 27-year-old made his comeback at international level last week when he was a second-half replacement in England's narrow 18-11 victory over Italy.

Croft, who comes in for James Haskell, made his last England start 12 months ago.

He is one of four changes to the side which pipped Italy.

"Tom's extra line-out presence will hopefully give us an advantage. He is clearly a quality player and he has had a great impact since he has come back into the team," England head coach Stuart Lancaster told RFU.com.

Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs returns in place of Danny Care, though club-mate Toby Flood reverts to the bench with Owen Farrell fit again.

Harlequins Joe Marler has reclaimed the loosehead prop position from Mako Vunipola in the other change.

Six Nations: Leicester Tigers Tom Croft back to boost England


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