Eddie Jones: "Sometimes you've got to win ugly" | Six Nations

Eddie Jones:

"We switched off a bit in the start of the second half but the boys are delighted with that result and a great way to kick off the Six Nations here at Murrayfield". Serin is joined in the half-backs by Clermont fly-half Camille Lopez, with Gael Fickou handed his chance at inside centre due to Wesley Fofana's Achilles injury, which rules him out of the championship.

On the other hand, given this would necessitate sizeable adjustments - a new captain, new half-backs and a reshuffled midfield - with scant training time available, Jones is more likely to go the other way and save his experimenting for the subsequent Italy fixture at home.

England: M Brown; J May, J Joseph (J Nowell 69), O Farrell, E Daly; G Ford (B Te'o 69), B Youngs (D Care 66); J Marler (M Mullan 66), D Hartley (captain, J George 55), D Cole, J Launchbury (J Haskell 64), C Lawes, M Itoje, T Wood, N Hughes.

Picamoles has played 58 times for France since making his worldwide debut against Ireland in 2008, but almost a decade later and a few pounds lighter, and the bustling backrower is playing some of the best rugby of his career.

England came from behind to steal a 19-16 win against a resurgent France side at Twickenham. George Ford and Owen Farrell started to link up in the manner you would expect of two playmakers, putting together loops and switches in midfield.

This season's tournament, which will include bonus points for the first time, begins in Edinburgh with Scotland hosting Ireland.

"The generals in the team are so good that if you do come in, you're up to speed so quickly".

England's 15th straight win dating to 2015, and 14th under coach Eddie Jones, was easily its poorest display in the streak.

"We know we must be aggressive in defence and attack". There's been 20 wars between England and France. "That's a lot of rivalry - and there'll be another one tomorrow". There were enough questions about Saturday to build doubt into what happens next.

"We are going to face a side that's desperate for success". We want to make Twickenham as intimidating as possible. They have really got their passion back for the game.

"It's like going down the coal mine every day".

Eddie Jones:

'We have a few blokes who played there.

"Itoje has got big shoes to fill".

"We want to be absolutely daring against the French in this first game and set the standard for the tournament‚" Jones said this week.

"He brings his lineout skills. But we need to be more clinical and not so passive in defence".

Sliding in: Rabah Slimani goes over from close range for France. "It's horses for courses - Jack's absence had nothing to do with selection". Instead one of the 27-year-old's childhood rugby heroes was France scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili.

"I think I'm getting quicker", the Gloucester player told BBC Sport.

"We're convinced we can count on him in the future but we want to try him out in a hard situation".

ITV is showing this afternoon's match between England and France with coverage starting at 4.10pm and kick-off set for 4.50pm. To only play in the lesser matches, that doesn't seem smart to me.

All of which was to say that he does not know his best XV and admits there's "no formula" for when good bench performances like Saturday's earn the performer in question a start. We have made this choice.

"But the players have got to understand it's a effect of playing well for England".

Tries from Danielle Waterman and Amy Wilson-Hardy saw the hosts home, along with four penalties and two conversions from Emily Scarratt.

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