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Saints in action for England and France this weekend

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There will be Saints in action on both sides of the Channel this weekend after men from Franklin's Gardens were named in the respective Six Nations squads for England and France.

On Saturday lunchtime Louis Picamoles will run out onto the Stadio Olympico pitch in Rome with his French team mates to face Italy. France have one win and two losses from their three matches played to date in this year's Six Nations, and will be looking to break their 2017 away duck against the win-less Italians.

Then later in the day Dylan Hartley will once again be at the front of England's team as they set foot on the Twickenham turf for the latest instalment in the oldest rivalry in international rugby, the Calcutta Cup. Courtney Lawes also starts in the pack with Tom Wood on the bench.

England head coach Eddie Jones has made three changes to the team that began the win over Italy - Jonathan Joseph (centre), Jack Nowell (wing) and Ben Youngs (scrum-half) all coming in - and he says that the squad is in a good place heading into the clash against an in-form Scotland outfit.

"Our preparation for Scotland has been very good," he said. "We had two excellent training runs in Oxford last week and followed that up this week. We’re focused on ourselves; we want to give our fans a really good performance. We’ve worked hard in this Six Nations and feel like a good performance is just around the corner."

The 124th Calcutta Cup will be shown live at Franklin's Gardens this Saturday, both in the Rodber Suite and on a special big screen in the Village. Gates open at 3:30pm with the England game kicking off at 4pm. This will then be followed by England Under-20s' Six Nations clash with Scotland on the main pitch at 6:15pm. Tickets are on sale now from just £5 by CLICKING HERE and following the straightforward instructions!

Six Nations
Saturday, March 11th, 2017
Kick off 4:00pm
15 Mike Brown (Harlequins)
14 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
13 Jonathan Joseph (Bath)
12 Owen Farrell (Saracens)
11 Elliot Daly (Wasps)
10 George Ford (Bath)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins)
2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)(capt)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
5 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
6 Maro Itoje (Saracens)
7 James Haskell (Wasps)
8 Nathan Hughes (Wasps)

16 Jamie George (Saracens)
17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
18 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
19 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
20 Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
21 Danny Care (Harlequins)
22 Ben Te'o (Worcester Warriors)
23 Anthony Watson (Bath)

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