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Alex Goode Returns As Eddie Jones Names England Squad For France Showdown

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Eddie Jones,(L) the England head coach faces the media alongside his captain Dylan Hartley during the England media conference held at Pennyhill Park on February 25, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England already benefited from a France loss this week, as Scotland’s victory at Murrayfield meant that the Red Rose captured the Six Nations Championship. Should Les Bleus suffer defeat on Saturday, England will claim their first Grand Slam since 2003.

Eddie Jones’ side were full value for their win over Wales last weekend, having been the better side for the majority of the game.

However, the Australian coach knows the importance of staying grounded, and will point out that the last two times that they entered the final round of games chasing a Grand Slam, they suffered heavy defeats.

He has named a strong squad for the trip to Paris, retaining 26 players. Alex Goode returns having not been involved in the Wales game, while Sale Sharks hooker Tommy Taylor is also introduced.

Joe Marler has been included in the squad, but there is doubt around whether he will be able to play, after an incident with Sampson Lee.

Jones spoke to England’s official website about the importance of staying calm ahead of the tie.

“We’ve got to be really right for the game, we’ve got to absolutely crush them with our intensity and that’s what we’re going to make sure we have this week in training.

“It’s nice to get a trophy but we’ve got bigger fish to fry and one of those is the Grand Slam on Saturday.”

England squad to face France:

Forwards (15)

Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints)

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)

Jack Clifford (Harlequins)

Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)

James Haskell (Wasps)

Maro Itoje (Saracens)

George Kruis (Saracens)

Joe Launchbury (Wasps)

Joe Marler (Harlequins)

Matt Mullan (Wasps)

Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)

Tommy Taylor (Sale Sharks)

Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

Backs (11)

Mike Brown (Harlequins)

Danny Care (Harlequins)

Elliot Daly (Wasps)

Owen Farrell (Saracens)

George Ford (Bath Rugby)

Alex Goode (Saracens)

Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)

Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)

Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)

Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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