Owen Farrell captains England against France with Dylan Hartley out

Last Updated March 08 2018, 16:33Rugby Union

Owen Farell will captain England against France on Saturday with Dylan Hartley ruled out with a tight calf.

Hartley sustained the injury in training at the start of the week and has been forced to concede defeat in his race to be fit.

Farrell starts as England skipper for the first time. Mako Vunipola has been named vice-captain with Jamie George taking over at hooker.

Hartley has been ever-present under head coach Eddie Jones, starting all but one of his 26 Tests in charge and always acting as skipper.

"Owen will be very proud to be captain but at the same time he's disappointed for Dylan to miss out through injury. He knows the position of captain carries a lot of responsibility," Jones said.

"We need to make sure we have one strong voice among the forward leaders and Mako has been doing some great work behind the scenes. He will step up and take that on officially against France."

In the most radical team selection of the Jones era, Mike Brown has been dropped at full-back in favour of Anthony Watson, who shifts across from the wing to create a vacancy that is filled by Elliot Daly.

The power of Ben Te'o is preferred at outside centre, resulting in Jonathan Joseph dropping to a much-changed bench.

Kyle Sinckler is back as tighthead prop cover - Harry Williams has been struggling with a neck problem - and is joined among the replacements by James Haskell and Sam Simmonds.

France have replaced Lionel Beauxis with the more experienced Francois Trinh-Duc for Saturday's NatWest 6 Nations clash with England in Paris.

The change at fly-half that sees the playmakers swap roles between the bench and starting XV is the only adjustment to the matchday 23 selected for the 34-17 victory over Italy.

Giant Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud continues at outside centre in a team led by hooker Guilhem Guirado.

Teams:

France: H Bonneval; B Fall, M Bastareaud, G Doumayrou, R Grosso; F Trinh-Duc, M Machenaud; J Poirot, G Guirado (capt), R Slimani, P Gabrillagues, S Vahaamhina, W Lauret, Y Camara, M Tauleigne.

Replacements: A Pelissie, D Priso, C Gomes, R Taofifenua, K Galletier, B Couilloud, L Beauxis, G Fickou.

England: Anthony Watson, Jonny May, Ben Te'o, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly, George Ford, Danny Care; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Chris Robshaw, Nathan Hughes

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, James Haskell, Sam Simmonds, Richard Wigglesworth, Jonathan Joseph, Mike Brown.

England are 4/11 with Sky Bet to win in Paris, with the hosts at 9/4 and the draw 25/1. France get seven points start on the handicap with both sides 10/11 and the draw 20/1.

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