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13th February 2013 12:30

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Geoff Parling of England takes on Greig Laidlaw of Scotland

Expectation: Geoff Parling

England lock Geoff Parling says that his side are happy to be billed as favourites against France at Twickenham next weekend.

The 2011 champions are the only unbeaten team remaining in the competition after wins over Scotland and Ireland, with Parling admitting that he prefers dealing with the pressure to win.

"Expectation is good and I would much rather be under pressure to win than the underdog," said Parling to the Evening Standard.

"We handled the expectation against Scotland and we are going to keep playing with the same intensity. We are happy to be favourites.

"You never really know which French side are going to turn up but we will be on our own turf and the challenge is to be consistent.

"It was a big battle up front [against Ireland] that wasn't pretty but we showed a lot of confidence to come through with the win.

"There were a hell of a lot of mistakes which means there is plenty to work on. People say we are a fairly inexperienced side but we have shown a huge amount of self- belief."

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