Courtney Lawes and Chris Ashton start for England against France

Chris Ashton

Chris Ashton

Eddie Jones has revealed he's opted to start Chris Ashton over Jack Nowell in attempts to "sneak an early try" in upcoming Six Nations clash against France.

Chiefs' Cornish star Jack Nowell has been left out of England's starting XV to face France on Sunday in their second Six Nations match (3pm).

Having returned to the Gallagher Premiership and to Sale Sharks in the off-season, he featured for England in the November Internationals and came off the bench for the final six minutes against Ireland last weekend.

"[That was] One to forget as well", Ashton said. "I definitely understand what it's like to not be involved and not have the shirt, so it's a big privilege for me to be back in".

Farrell sees the start of the game as a "tone-setter for what's to come" and Ashton is keen to cross early.

Ashton is very much a part of the England set-up once again.

England produced their best performance of the Jones era at the Aviva Stadium, but captain Owen Farrell hopes it is merely a stepping stone to greater achievements.

"We have a good relationship". Everyone is good at stuff. "There will be a lot that we want to take to another level".

"We can't wait to play in front of our supporters, I'm sure they will be buoyant by the first-round results and we promise we will play a better game on Sunday", Jones said.

Jones' side opened their tournament with a 32-20 victory over champions Ireland in Dublin and he is expecting England to carry that momentum into the weekend. He was nearly available for selection this week, but he's not.

The rugby league convert has had to sit and watch five consecutive Six Nations tournaments since his last championship appearance - admittedly not one he wants to remember - and despite finding his feet in France by breaking the Top 14 record for most tries in a single season with his 24 in 23 matches, the carrot was dangled to return with Sale Sharks and reignite his global career.

Props Dan Cole and Ben Moon as well as second row Joe Launchbury are named among the replacements along with Nowell. Winger Joe Cokanasiga and flanker Brad Shields were the men trimmed from the provisional squad. Joe Launchbury will fill the vacancy on the bench. But this may equally be an insight into Jones' confidence in his team and where they can end up.

"We've had a good look at France and what they can bring to the table but we just have to be organised in defence and have that relentless attitude to get after them".