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Hartley and Brookes going for Grand Slam

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Having secured the Six Nations title and Triple Crown with victory over Wales, a Grand Slam is on the line for an England side led by Dylan Hartley in Paris this weekend.

The combination of new head coach Eddie Jones and skipper Hartley have yet to lose a Test match and should they make it five wins from five, it would also be a first English Grand Slam since the class of 2003.

Another Saint, Kieran Brookes, again makes the match day 23, while two changes see Mako Vunipola and Danny Care come into the starting line-up at Stade de France.

“While we are pleased to have already won the championship we don’t want to let our foot off the gas,” Jones commented. “The objective has always been to win every game, to be the most dominant team in Europe, so it’s been very important for us to approach this week with the same level of intensity we have shown in previous weeks.

“You can’t underestimate any team in Test match rugby. France are a dangerous side but we go to Paris full of confidence and a hunger to get the win.”

The game, which kicks off at 8pm, is being shown live on the BBC.

ENGLAND TEAM TO PLAY FRANCE
2016 Six Nations
Stade de France
Saturday, March 19th, 2016
Kick off 8pm

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 47 caps)
14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 19 caps)
13 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 20 caps)
12 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 39 caps)
11 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 14 caps)
10 George Ford (Bath Rugby, 21 caps)
9 Danny Care (Harlequins, 57 caps)
1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 31 caps)
2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 70 caps)(capt)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 60 caps)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 3 caps)
5 George Kruis (Saracens, 14 caps)
6 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, 47 caps)
7 James Haskell (Wasps, 66 caps)
8 Billy Vunipola (vice captain, Saracens, 25 caps)

16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 2 cap)
17 Joe Marler (Harlequins 41 caps)
18 Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints 16 caps)
19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 31 caps)
20 Jack Clifford (Harlequins, 4 caps)
21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 56 caps)
22 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 26 caps)
23 Elliot Daly (Wasps, 2 cap)