Hartley wants England to ‘finish the job’ in Paris

Date published: March 19 2016

England captain Dylan Hartley has urged his teammates to finish the job and complete the Grand Slam when the face France in Paris on Saturday.

Eddie Jones' England side were crowned champions last weekend after winning their opening four games in the competition.

Victory over France will see them seal their first Grand Slam since 2003.

"The job’s only half done for us, from the outset we said we wanted to be the most dominant team in Europe and to me that’s winning every game, preparation and intensity have gone up," Hartley told the RFU website.

“If you’d seen the lads train you’d be pretty sure that we’re preparing, if not harder this week, than we did last week for this last game.”

England celebrated winning their first Six Nations title in five years watching Scotland beat France on television.

Hartley was a member of both England sides that failed to convert Grand Slam opportunities in 2011 and 2013 but the 29 year-old is confident they can go all the way.

“In 2011 we obviously won it and it was a bit deflated, it was a weird feeling and then we got a hiding in 2013," he added.

“The good thing about it is that we have people who played in both of those games and experienced those things and I’d like to think, speaking from a club point of view, that failure and disappointment over the years leads to success down the road.

“I know that we’ve got these players in the squad with that desire to go one further.”

Since Jones was appointed head coach of England before Christmas, they have won every game.

“The good thing about him is he challenges you, he said to me after the game on Saturday we need to get more out of you and you need to be fitter," said Hartley.

“So when you go home after this tournament we’ll give you the programmes and we’ll give you the guide lines on what we want from you.

“So it’s good to see he wants to invest in me.”