Two confirmed out for England

06 March 2018 10:51:40 EST
Jack Nowell

England's preparations for their Six Nations game against France on Saturday have been hampered by the news that two players are definitely ruled out.

Jack Nowell and Sam Underhill are both out of the trip to Paris while coach Eddie Jones has to wait on the fitness of skipper Dylan Hartley who remains a doubt.

We're in a high performance environment. High performance means you've got to perform.

Eddie Jones

Forwards coach Steve Borthwick confirmed that the duo, both expected to feature against France, will be out, Nowell with ankle trouble and Underhill with a toe injury. Nowell will also be missing for England's final game a week on Saturday against Ireland.

England are 1/4 to beat France who are priced at 3/1.

Borthwick also revealed that Hartley, doubtful with muscle tightness in his leg, is being monitored on a daily basis as the game gets closer.

If he fails to recover in time, then Jamie George is expected to come into the side with Owen Farrell taking over as captain.

With England still smarting from defeat to Scotland last time out, Eddie George has said that no one is indispensible as he prepares for the France game.

He said earlier this week: "The players understand that. They've got to perform. Who plays at 10 and 12 will be done on who we think is best for that game.

"No one's indispensable. It's the same with me. We're in a high performance environment. High performance means you've got to perform.

"[If] I lose one game I might be on flight QF1 back to Sydney. Who knows? You see it in football all the time now and rugby is becoming more and more like football."

England are 10/3 to win the Six Nations for the third year in a row while Ireland are at 2/7.

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