England will be looking to claim their first Grand Slam since 2003.
Although much was expected of England under Eddie Jones, few anticipated the Australian coach winning the Six Nations Championship in his debut season, never mind the Grand Slam.
Indeed, given that many fans were underwhelmed by the team Jones selected to play Scotland, this weekend’s opportunity against France comes as an unexpected surprised.
While Jones initially drew criticism for not selecting a genuine open side and opting to play both Owen Farrell and George Ford in the same team, few now doubt the Australian’s strategic vision.
Therefore, supporters now welcome the sight of James Haskell and Chris Robshaw operating either side of Billy Vunipola. Although many would like to see Manu Tuilagi included in the starting XV, they have faith in the Ford – Farrell axis at ten and twelve.
Consequently, it did not comes as a surprise to see Jones only make two change for this weekend’s Grand Slam decider, with Danny Care coming in for Ben Youngs and Mako Vunipola replacing Joe Marler.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) March 17, 2016
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