Jonathan Joseph is ready to renew his centre partnership with Luther Burrell as they target a response to the promising debuts of two rivals for places in England's World Cup squad.
Joseph and Burrell will reprise the midfield axis that served the Red Rose throughout the RBS 6 Nations in Saturday's clash with France in Paris, lining up opposite Wesley Fofana and Mathieu Bastareaud.
Joseph is a certainty to make England's squad for the World Cup, but Burrell has been told by head coach Stuart Lancaster he needs a "big performance" in a position that is giving the management the greatest headache in selection.
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Adding to the pressure is the effectiveness of Sam Burgess' combination with Henry Slade in last Saturday's 19-14 victory over France at Twickenham and the former is seemingly destined to appear at the global showpiece on home soil.
"Luther and I played well together in the Six Nations and we felt we went well, so we're looking to back that up," said Joseph, the star of England's Six Nations campaign.
"But Henry and Sam played very well and complimented each other. Slade's vision, handling and kicking games are outstanding. He played really well considering it was his first cap.
"The key for me is to progress as much as I can and never take a backwards step. I'll just try to keep getting better."
"Playing Fofana and Bastareaud is a great challenge for us, but we're very excited about it.
"It's good to be back out there on the international stage playing against world class players."
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