Scrum-half Danny Care and prop Mako Vunipola have been named in England's starting XV for their Grand Slam finale in Paris on Saturday night.
England are chasing their first Grand Slam since 2003 and Head Coach Eddie Jones has named Manu Tuilagi and fellow centre Elliot Daly among the replacements.
France have changed two of their back-row in an attempt to spoil England's party with Bernard Le Roux and Loann Goujon joining the starting lineup and dangerman Wesley Fofana is on the wing for the second week in a row.
Hosts Frace have lost their previous two rounds in the RBS 6 Nations but could still finish second with a win against England.KEY CLASHES Guilhem Guirado v Dylan Hartley
Two captains, two hookers and two huge players for both sides.
Guirado has been France's most influential player throughout the tournament with two tries and a Man of the Match performance against Ireland. Hartley has brought strong leadership to a rejuvenated England squad chasing a Grand Slam.
Hartley's reliability at the set-piece makes him a cornerstone for England's attack and Guirado offers a lot in open play with silky hands so it will be interesting to see how they front up on Saturday to conclude a first tournament as captain for both players.Yoann Maestri v Maro Itoje
Maro Itoje has exploded onto the scene for England since the start of the tournament and his all-round athleticism and work rate has forced him into Eddie Jones' starting XV for the second game in a row. He was awarded man-of-the-match against Wales for his impressive performance which included seven line-out wins and turnovers.
Lining up against the 21 year-old is 46-times capped second-row Yoann Maestri who will want to use his experience and reliability at the lineout to steady France. However, he will have to deal with the persistence and intense energy of Itoje competing against him at every opportunity.
Some big names lurking in #Paris including these 5. @EnglandRugby need to pay attention should they play! #6Nations pic.twitter.com/s44RjlYXgsGael Fickou v Jonathan Joseph
His stunning hat-trick against Italy lit up his RBS 6 Nations campaign but Jonathan Joseph must be prepared for the dangerous attacking ability of his opposing number Gael Fickou.
The French 13 has had a quiet tournament so far failing so score in the opening three rounds but there is no questioning his attacking threat highlighted by his clinical try against Scotland last weekend.
However, Joseph has made 34 tackles so far this RBS 6 Nations highlighting his under-rated defensive abilities which could be vital on Saturday when France try to release their outside backs into space.
playing three of their games away from home.
knocked over his last eight shots at goal.QUOTES FROM THE CAMPS
Eddie Jones: “We want to win the Grand Slam. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, in the history of the game in England there have only been 12 teams who have done it."
Guy Noves: "We are still in the early stages of our development, we have set out on a path, and we will go down it with a strong group of 35 or 40 guys."
This weekend sees the #6Nations drawing to a close. All Saturday's games look dry if rather cool and cloudy. SKL pic.twitter.com/4R6m8AiiK4
Dylan Hartley: "The biggest challenge for the guys is mentally turning up. We can say all the right things, but unless we are training hard and preparing correctly, it's just words. The way training has gone this week, the intensity has gone up a level. That comes from the top. Eddie has been cracking the whip."
Yoann Maestri: "We'll look at what didn't go well and what we need to keep doing. There are positives and negatives, we all know that. We'll single them out.
"England have four wins, we've got two and two losses. We're going to keep our heads down."See more on Related Content RBS 6 Nations Social: Haskell happier than ever RBS 6 Nations: Two changes as England target Grand Slam RBS 6 Nations Social: Atonio aims for France upset Vunipola wants to 'finish off something special'
Date published: Monday 11th June 2012 7:18
Joe Hart: England’s number one goalkeeper saved well from Alou Diarra but it could be argued was beaten too easily by Samir Nasri. 7.
Glen Johnson: Not the easiest task trying to subdue Franck Ribery, but the Liverpool man did his job pretty well. 7.
John Terry: Did what manager Roy Hodgson wanted. Made his tackles, won his headers and led the rearguard action. 7.
Joleon Lescott: Delighted at his first England goal and defiant in defence. 8.
Ashley Cole: Did not have much opportunity to push forward as England found themselves pressed back. 7.
James Milner: Industrious as always, but lacks a touch of quality, as he proved. 7.
Steven Gerrard: Brilliant free-kick to create the goal, but has to take some of the responsibility for England not keeping the ball. 7.
Scott Parker (off 77): Tireless display from the Tottenham man, although, like Gerrard, didn’t really take the sting out of the game. 7.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (off 77): Not a Michael Owen-type introduction to tournament football, but didn’t let anyone down either, which is excellent in itself. 7.
Ashley Young: A fleeting force. His precise through ball for Milner should have been rewarded with a goal. Booked. 7.
Danny Welbeck (off 89): Capable of so much more than this but given the ball infrequently and too little support when he was. 7.
Jordan Henderson (on 77): Never really got into the game. 6.
Jermain Defoe (on 77): No real opportunity to impress. 6.
Theo Walcott (on 89): Not enough time to make an impact.
Hugo Lloris: Did not have much to do. No chance with goal and opted not to bring James Milner down for one the midfielder then missed. 7.
Mathieu Debuchy: Edged his private battle with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and repeatedly got forward to good effect. 8.
Adil Rami: Not put under enough pressure by England’s forwards, able to stroll forward when he liked. 7.
Philippe Mexes: Dictated France’s play as, like Rami, not shut down quickly enough. 7.
Patrice Evra: Conceded free-kick for England goal. Usual threat on the overlap. 7.
Alou Diarra: Denied by Hart’s reaction save and kept France rolling forward. 7.
Yohan Cabaye (off 83): Brutal shot blocked by John Terry before half-time. Difficult man to pin down. Almost won it for France with late volley deflected wide by Welbeck. Impressive. 9.
Samir Nasri: Prodded and probed and eventually found a way through, beating Manchester City team-mate Joe Hart at his near post. 8.
Franck Ribery: France’s main threat. Left Oxlade-Chamberlain for dead with one goal-line burst and claimed assist for Nasri’s effort. 8.
Florent Malouda (off 83): Solid if unspectacular performance from the Chelsea man. 7.
Karim Benzema: Forceful presence as France’s attacking spearhead but denied a clear sight of goal. 8.
Marvin Martin (on 83): Not enough time to make an impact.
Hatem Ben Arfa (on 83): Not enough time to make an impact.
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Can England win the Six Nations 2015? The final weekend throws up a fascinating climax, with any one of England, Ireland, France and Wales still in the title picture. England head into the weekend with an edge though and the bigger the margin that they beat France by, the more likely they are to land the title. That is because they already have a superior points difference and as this Twickenham match up is the final game to kick off on Saturday, they will know exactly what they need to do.England v France Six Nations 2015 Rugby Betting Odds
The last time England won the title was back in 2011 and even though a game against Les Bleus isn’t the easiest game in which to secure a title, the French have under-performed greatly this season and England go as 1/5 favourites for the win, with France at 7/2. Lock Geoff Parling is the only change to the starting fifteen from the one against Scotland, coming in to replace Dave Attwood who drops from the squad. France, thanks to a win over Italy last weekend, have played their way into title contention, but they would need both wales and Ireland to lose and have themselves beat England by a margin of eight points or more. Unlikely with some unconvincing performances in their narrow wins over Scotland, their defeats against Ireland and Wales. Their 29-0 win over the Italians wasn’t actually all that convincing.
This will be the 99th meeting between the two nations, and England hold a 53-38 supremacy in the head to head. England have averaged 15 points per game against France, while the French have average 12 points per game against the English. Online betting site Paddy Power have the handicap of England -10 at even money for Saturday’s clash.
The two nations have been trading blows in recent meetings, with three wins each over the last six clashes. England have won two of the last three and triumphed against the French the last time that they met at Twickenham in the 2013 RBS Six Nations, taking a ten point win. England have won the last four Six Nations clashes on home soil against the French.
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Chester FC: James Akintunde (12/2 f, probably out)
Barrow AFC: James Dunne (12/0 d, suspended), Dan Jones (14/2 d), Andy Parry (0/0 d), David Fitzpatrick (1/0 m), Thierry Audel (6/0 d), Dave Nieskens (8/1 d), Moussa Diarra (11/1 d)
Dagenham & Red.: Kevin Lokko (13/2 d, suspended), Luke Pennell (9/0 d), Daniel Sparkes (0/0 m)
Macclesfield: Jared Hodgkiss (4/0 d, doubtful)
AFC Fylde: Lewis Montrose (14/1 m, suspended), Josh Langley (4/0 d, captain)
Wrexham FC: Sam Wedgbury (14/1 m, illness, doubtful)
Dover Athletic: Giancarlo Gallifuoco (15/3 d, doubtful), Tobi Sho-Silva (14/1 f), Jamie Allen (12/1 m)
Woking: Josh Staunton (15/0 d, doubtful), Kane Ferdinand (16/2 d, suspended), Louis Ramsay (10/0 d)
Leyton Orient v Gateshead
Leyton Orient: Jobi McAnuff (15/2 m), Alex Lawless (13/0 m), Matt Harrold (5/2 f)(all doubtful), Josh Coulson (10/0 d), George Elokobi (9/1 d), Charlie Lee (5/1 d)
Gateshead: James Montgomery (10/0 first goalkeeper, probably in), Jamal Fyfield (15/0 d)
Eastleigh v Solihull Moors
Eastleigh: Sam Matthews (10/0 m), Reda Johnson (6/1 d), Graham Stack (9/0 first goalkeeper)(all doubtful), Gavin Hoyte (5/0 d, suspended), Sam Togwell (7/0 m)
Solihull Moors: George Carline (12/0 m, doubtful), Luke Benbow (4/0 f), Calum Flanagan (0/0 d)
Ebbsfleet Utd v Torquay Utd
Ebbsfleet Utd: Darren McQueen (13/2 m), Jack Payne (12/0 m), Bradley Bubb (0/0 f), Dave Winfield (2/0 d, captain)
Torquay Utd: Jordan Lee (2/0 d), Myles Anderson (8/0 d), Jon-Paul Pittman (12/3 f), Yan Klukowski (7/0 m), Sam Chaney (6/0 m), Jake Gosling (7/0 m)
Halifax v Maidstone United
Halifax: Thomas Denton (15/5 f, top scorer, suspended), Martin Riley (2/0 d), Michael Duckworth (4/0 m)
Maidstone United: no info
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Explanation: player statistics (a/b c)
a - games played this season
b - goals scored
c - team position (d - defender, m - midfielder, f - forward, g - goalkeeper).
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