England and France name teams ahead of Grand Slam encounter

Eddie Jones' side have already been named Six Nations champions for 2015

BY Daniel Kelly 11:18 Thursday 17 March 2016, 11:18 17 Mar 2016

France's Maxime Mermoz and England's Anthony Watson during the 2015 Six Nations match. Picture by: David Davies / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Eddie Jones has made two changes from the England team that defeated Wales last weekend ahead of Saturday evening's Grand Slam encounter against France in Paris.

Mako Vunipola replaces Joe Marler in the front-row, while at scrum-half, Danny Care comes into the team in place of Ben Youngs.

France's loss to Scotland last Sunday, handed England the championship with a week to spare. Eddie Jones' side will be looking for their first Grand Slam since the World Cup winning year of 2003.

Eddie Jones has revealed that the team "don’t want to let our foot off the gas" despite the Championship and Triple Crown wins. "The objective has always been to win every game, to be the most dominant team in Europe, so it’s been very important to us to approach this week with the same level of intensity we have shown in previous weeks. I’m pleased with how we have prepared and with the focus the squad have shown."

France have made two changes from the team that lost in Edinburgh, as they hope to deny England the Grand Slam. Guy Noves' changes come in the back row as Bernard La Roux and Loann Goujon replace Wenceslas Lauret and Yacouba Camara.

A win for France means they could finish the Championship in the top-three.


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