Harlequins scrum half Danny Care will start England’s Six Nations opener against France.

The 27-year-old, surplus to requirements for the autumn internationals, has been in fine form for Quins this term and will be joined in the starting line-up in Paris by clubmates Mike Brown, Joe Marler and captain Chris Robshaw.

It is the first time Care has started for his country since facing Italy in last season’s competition.