Six Nations 2018: Owen Farrell to captain England in opposition to France as Dylan Hartley misses out


Dylan Hartley has been dominated out of England’s NatWest 6 Nations match in opposition to France with a decent calf.

Owen Farrell will captain the group in Hartley’s absence in Paris on Saturday afternoon, the Rugby Soccer Union has introduced.

Hartley sustained the harm in coaching at first of the week and has been pressured to concede defeat in his race to be match.

Farrell begins as England skipper for the primary time. Mako Vunipola has been named vice-captain with Jamie George taking on at hooker.

Hartley has been ever-present below head coach Eddie Jones, beginning all however one in every of his 26 Assessments in cost and all the time performing 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 mentioned.

“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 essentially the most radical group choice of the Jones period, Mike Brown has been dropped at full-back in favour of Anthony Watson, who shifts throughout from the wing to create a emptiness that’s crammed by Elliot Daly.

The ability of Ben Te’o is most popular at exterior centre, leading to Jonathan Joseph dropping to a much-changed bench.

Kyle Sinckler is again as tighthead prop cowl – Harry Williams has been battling a neck downside – and is joined among the many replacements by James Haskell and Sam Simmonds.