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Eddie Jones has match fitness problems in England pack for France opener

• Joe Marler, James Haskell and George Kruis could feature after injury
• Courtney Lawes says depleted side can still draw on ‘so many good players’

Everyone talks a good game in the buildup to a Six Nations Championship but spirits are unusually high in England’s Bagshot base. Following Eddie Jones’s well-publicised bathroom tumble last week, the squad marked their head coach’s 57th birthday on Monday by buying him a non-slip bath mat. Meanwhile their own injury headaches are also easing in the runup to the opening Test against France at Twickenham on Saturday.

Related: Ben Youngs: When I met Eddie Jones I just thought ‘I want to play for this guy’

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