Ashton and Youngs left out for Six Nations Opener

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Updated: January 29, 2014

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The Six Nations kicks off this weekend and England have dropped scrumhalf Ben Youngs and winger Chris Ashton from their tough opening encounter against France in Paris.

Lee Dickson and Danny Care were named on Tuesday as the two scrumhalves in a 26-man squad and young wingers Jack Nowell, Jonny May and Anthony Watson were preferred to Ashton.

ENGLAND 26-MAN SQUAD:

Backs (12)
Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Luther Burrell (Northampton), Danny Care (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester), Jack Nowell (Exeter), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester), Anthony Watson (Bath)

Forwards (14)
Dave Attwood (Bath), Dan Cole (Leicester), Dylan Hartley (Northampton), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Henry Thomas (Sale), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Tom Wood (Northampton), Tom Youngs (Leicester)