Welwyn Garden City’s Jamie George to start for England in NatWest Six Nations when they go to France

PUBLISHED: 10:03 08 March 2018

England's Jamie George runs at Scotland's Stuart McInally during the RBS Six Nations match at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Picture: IAN RUTHERFORD/PA

England's Jamie George runs at Scotland's Stuart McInally during the RBS Six Nations match at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Picture: IAN RUTHERFORD/PA

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Welwyn Garden City’s Jamie George will get his first start in this year’s NatWest Six Nations when England travel to Paris on Saturday.

The Saracens hoooker has had to bide his time as captain Dylan Hartley has held the number two shirt throughout the campaign.

But with injury ruling out the Northampton man, England head coach Eddie Jones has turned to George, who has had an excellent season so far with his parent club.

With Hartley missing the cpataincy of the side will pass over to former Harpenden St George’s pupil Owen Farrell, with Saracens’ team-mate Mako Vunipola being named vice-captain.

Jones said: “This game is about the opportunity for the team to move forward and we want a response from the players this week.

“Against France we want to be brutal and aggressive on the gain line and to play with a great tactical discipline.

“Owen will be very proud to be captain but at the same time he is disappointed for Dylan to miss out through injury and he knows the position of captain carries a lot of responsibility.”

England team to play France

15 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby 31 caps)

14 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers 32 caps)

13 Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors 11 caps)

12 Owen Farrell (Saracens 56 caps) C

11 Elliot Daly (Wasps 16 caps)

10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers 43 caps)

9 Danny Care (Harlequins 79 caps)

1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens 47 caps) VC

2 Jamie George (Saracens 23 caps)

3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers 80 caps)

4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps 50 caps)

5 Maro Itoje (Saracens 17 caps)

6 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints 64 caps)

7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins 62 caps)

8 Nathan Hughes (Wasps 13 caps)

Replacements

16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs 4 caps)

17 Joe Marler (Harlequins 54 caps)

18 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins 8 caps)

19 James Haskell (Wasps 75 caps)

20 Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs 5 caps)

21 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens 29 caps)

22 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby 38 caps)

23 Mike Brown (Harlequins 67 caps)

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