Six Nations: Courtney Lawes tells England to front up in Paris but simmer down

Last Updated: 28/01/14 7:06pm

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Courtney Lawes insists discipline will be key if England are to beat a fired-up French side at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Les Bleus suffered the indignity of the wooden spoon in last year's Six Nations and will be determined to get off to a winning start against Les Rosbifs on home soil.

France will look to dominate up front, but after England's forwards' impressive displays in the autumn, Northampton lock Lawes is confident England will not be overpowered - so long as they stay focused.

"They have already said that they are going to be on the edge this game, so it is up to us not to react to anything silly and mke sure we are switched on and technically sound and go there with a good game plan."
Courtney Lawes

He told Sky Sports: "France have got a big pack, they always do and they are going to look to dominate us up front - I think that is what they are going to plan to do.

"They have already said that they are going to be on the edge this game, so it is up to us not to react to anything silly and make sure we are switched on and technically sound and go there with a good game plan."

Lawes - capped 23 times by his country - expects England not to take a backward step - but by the same token they must not respond to provocation.

He added: "There is a way of not being silly and standing up to people, you can't react to niggly stuff and give away silly penalties and get yellow cards - that is when you are really in trouble.

"So I think it is important to stay focused, front up physically in defence and try to show them who is the boss."

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