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Eddie Jones wary of France’s ‘hard edge’ as England go in pursuit of record win

• England aiming for a record 15th consecutive victory
• The French are ‘still as brutal as ever’, says Jones

This is not yet the greatest England team of all time but the statisticians may soon beg to differ. Find a way past France’s giant roadblock of a pack on Saturday and the Six Nations champions will have won 15 consecutive Tests, the longest sequence since they began internationals in 1871. Everyone has studiously avoided the subject this week but, rest assured, it is in the back of numerous minds.

The last England team to reach 14 victories was the 2002-03 vintage and the sight of Jonny Wilkinson and Richard Hill at final training in the wintry Twickenham sunshine reinforced the sense of deja vu. It was France who ended England’s previous unbeaten run in Marseille in a World Cup warm-up game 14 summers ago and it is not impossible they could be spoilsports again.

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