Ben Youngs
Youngs says England will not know what will be required of them to win the Six Nations titleGetty Images

England scrum-half Ben Youngs expects coach Stuart Lancaster to keep his players in the dark over the permutations required to clinch a first Six Nations championship since 2011.

Wales, Ireland, England and France all head into the final weekend with a chance of landing the title which is likely to come down to points difference with the top three sides all locking on three victories each.

Italy host Wales before Ireland travel to Scotland meaning England will have their destiny in their own hands heading into the final match against France, who remain in contention but will require an unlikely sequence of events to go their way to win the championship.

Victory over Scotland was clinched without England's players knowing that Wales had beaten Ireland in Cardiff, a result which reignited their title hopes, and Young says that format will be replicated on 21 March.

"I don't know if it's best to play and sit back and watch others do it," Youngs told reporters. "We weren't told what the result was of the Ireland game until after and that will be the same next week. We've got make sure that we crack on with our bits first."

England lead the Six Nations table on points difference, with a four-point buffer between them and Ireland which could have been added to if not for a number of missed opportunities against Scotland.

Luthur Burrell, Mike Brown and Jack Nowell were all guilty of failing to capitalise on a total of 12 line-breaks made by England at Twickenham and Youngs says they must conquer those demons to prevail against France.

"We're not frustrated, just disappointed that we were able to create so much and unable to finish. It is an area that we want to keep getting better at.

"We weren't as clinical as we'd like to be. The championship is going to come down to points difference now and we missed a few out there.

"The last thing you want to do chasing a game is go out there and all of a sudden you're the ones 14-0 down. It is probably better we're out there trying to secure the win and messages will come on 'kick for the corner' and stuff like that. France are a good side and they're not going to roll over.

"We can't change what we do. There is a game plan that is set out and you have to be good enough to create chances to score tries. The game plan against Scotland was to be direct and it worked well."