Daly closing on fitness

03 March 2018 07:43:05 EST

Elliot Daly is confident he will be back fit and available for England's Six Nations clash with France.

The Wasps wing has missed the opening three rounds of the tournament due to a combination of calf and ankle injuries but hopes are high he will come through a practice match on Saturday unscathed.

England head to Paris on the back of a defeat in Scotland and will be targetting a big win against Les Bleus, who have again flattered to deceive.

The training here is suited to getting back quicker.

Elliot Daly

Daly has become a mainstay in the national team over the last year under Eddie Jones and his form last season saw him start all three Tests for the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand.

If he proves his fitness, the 25-year-old is likely to start against the French next Saturday and Jones will be keen to use his mammoth left-boot to move the sizeable French pack around.

The player himself seems confident about his chances of returning and after a strong week on the training ground, is confident he will be raring to go in Saint-Denis.

"The calf thing was nothing major, but it set me back a week. I was coming back early from my ankle so it's probably turned out even," Daly said. "I feel really good.

"I did a lot of stuff to come back from my ankle and I've only been a week out with my calf so I've maintained most of that. It's just about getting up to speed with the boys now. I'm pretty much there.

"The training here with England is suited to getting you back quicker. We're at match intensity all the time pushing yourself to the limit. If you can do that, then you can do it in the game."

England are 4/5 with the -6.5 handicap, with France being given +6.5 at 1/1.

The Red Rose are 10/3 to win the Six Nations.

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