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Jones given real boost by Daly's recovery

Elliot Daly could return for England
Elliot Daly could return for England

By Duncan Bech

Elliot Daly is available for England's NatWest Six Nations clash with France on Saturday after completing his recovery from ankle and calf problems.

The Lions wing could make his first appearance of the tournament when the team's ailing title defence resumes in Paris having proved his fitness during a training session on Saturday.

"Elliot trained very well and is definitely in contention for selection. He's a very good player," head coach Eddie Jones said.

Jones is expected to keep changes to a minimum when he names his team to face France on Thursday, with Daly a possible replacement for Jonny May.

Nathan Hughes is to continue at No.8 having benefited from a further two weeks of training after making his comeback from a significant knee injury in the 25-13 defeat by Scotland.

"Nathan will be better for the run against Scotland, he's still a bit off the pace but is moving in the right direction," Jones said.

Jones reiterated his decision to no longer use public transport having been verbally and physically abused over the two legs of his train journey from Edinburgh to London via Manchester on February 25.

"I don't think so (will have more security in place)," Jones said. "That was probably just a unique situation after quite a big build up to the game when a number of Scottish people said things.

"They had a great result and coming back on the train, there were a lot of people who were happy and that happiness boiled over into a bit more. In that situation, I wouldn't go on a train again."

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