Joe Marler recovers from leg fracture to make England team for Six Nations opener

Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
© Getty Images
Joe Marler makes a stunning recovery from a leg fracture to be included in England's team for this weekend's opening Six Nations clash against France.

England head coach Eddie Jones has named Joe Marler in his team for the Six Nations opener against France, despite ruling him out last month with a leg fracture.

The loosehead prop was expected to be on the treatment table for five weeks, but he sped up his recovery and after returning to full-time training last week has been included in the setup for this Saturday's encounter at Twickenham.

A host of injuries to the team has forced Jones into shuffling the pack, with Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes partnering at lock.

Maro Itoje has switched to blindside flanker, while Tom Wood takes a place at openside and Nathan Hughes replaces Billy Vunipola at number eight.

Elliot Daly also gets a starting nod as he takes a place on the wing.

England team to face France:

Mike Brown; Jonny May, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole; Joe Launchbury; Courtney Lawes; Maro Itoje, Tom Wood, Nathan Hughes.

Replacements: Jamie George, Matt Mullan, Kyle Sinckler, Teimana Harrison, James Haskell, Danny Care, Ben Te'o, Jack Nowell

Elliot Daly of Wasps breaks with the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Leicester Tigers at The Ricoh Arena on May 9, 2015
Read Next:
Daly to make first start for England