Six Nations: France v England – Sam Simmonds on showdown in Paris

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The Six Nations finale with France on Saturday is an opportunity for England to show they can match the best in the world, says forward Sam Simmonds.

Eddie Jones’ side go to Paris hoping to stop France sealing a Grand Slam and in the process salvage another underwhelming Six Nations campaign.

“They’re probably the form team in the world,” the 27-year-old Exeter back row told BBC Sport.

“It is an opportunity to show what we are about.” 

Jones has named a 28-man group to travel to Paris, with wing Max Malins left out despite starting all four of England’s matches so far this championship.

The uncapped Harlequins pair of wing Louis Lynagh and centre Luke Northmore have both been included, as has Wasps tyro Alfie Barbeary, while Nic Dolly has replaced Jamie Blamire as Jamie George’s back-up at hooker.

With Tom Curry ruled out, Sam Underhill is in contention to start at openside flanker, although Simmonds might shift to the number seven shirt in order to accommodate Alex Dombrant at number eight.

England will confirm their matchday squad of 23 on Thursday evening.

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