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Six Nations Preview: France v England

It is set to be an exciting evening of rugby as England take on France in the Six Nations, and Eddie Jones has made one major changes to his team; hooker Jamie George replacing Dylan Hartley who is currently suffering from an injury.

Following England’s defeat to Scotland a fortnight ago, they will be targeting the five points in this afternoons meeting.

England have won nine out of the last eleven matches between the two sides in the Six Nations, of those include the last three in a row. England lost their last match, against Scotland at Murrayfield, but have not lost two away games in the Six Nations since 2009.

Eddie Jones has made the decision to field the same team which lost out to Scotland, which will pose a challenge to his squad, as they try and make up for their previous performance.

Owen Farrell will captain the team, with Mako Vunipola as vice-captain for the game. Ben Te’o will start at the outside centre with Elliott Daly returning to the starting XV at left wing.

Vunipola told englandrugby.com: “I’m excited, but overall it doesn’t change my role in the game.”

Eddie Jones told EnglandRugby.com: “This game is about the opportunity for the team to move forward and we want a response from the players this week.”

“Against France we want to be brutal and aggressive on the gain line and to play with a great tactical discipline” added Jones.

In terms of England’s tactics for the game, Jones is keen to make sure that his team make more of the kick-returns, saying: “We want to attack more from the kick return against France.

With Dylan out we needed to make sure that we had one strong voice in the forward leaders and Mako has been doing some work behind the scenes so he will step up and take that officially” he added.

Former England scrum half Matt Dawson, has said that he isn’t disappointed with England losing out to Scotland: “I didn’t mind England losing, because it would worry me more if we got to a World Cup undefeated having not had these experiences.”

The game is set to kick-off at 4:45pm at the Stade de France.

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