Everything you need to know ahead of the England – France Round 2 Six Nations Game
Time: 16:00 CET
Match Officials: Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales), Assistants: Andrew Brace (Ireland), Brendon Pickerell (New Zealand), TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)
Previous 2018 Result
England needed to beat France and score four tries to keep the Championship alive, but they came nowhere close in a largely toothless display. France beat England 22-16 in 2018.
England Team News
Chris Ashton will be making his first Six Nations start since 2013 on Sunday. Ashton comes on to the right wing in place of Jack Nowell for his first start in six years, while Courtney Lawes replaces the injure Maro Itoje in second row.
England have won nine of their last 12 Six Nations games against France, but suffered a 22-16 defeat in Paris last season. France’s last success at Twickenham was a 19-17 victory in 2005.
“The French are always an interesting side to play against,” Jones said. “They are full of talent, they have a lot of unpredictability so it’s hard to prepare tactically against them so we have had a real focus on ourselves.
“We have gone for Chris Ashton on the wing; we think he might sneak us a try early in the game. Jack Nowell was brilliant against Ireland and he’ll play a significant role for us off the bench.”
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) February 8, 2019
Elliot Daly: Chris Ashton, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May; Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, George Kruis, Mark Wilson, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ben Moon, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Nathan Hughes, Dan Robson, George Ford, Jack Nowell.
France Team News
Les Bleus coach Jacques Brunel has made six changes to their starting line-up to take on England. It was a humiliating loss for France to Wales last weekend so he will be hoping the changes will have a better result.
The same pair who beat England in Paris last year will be reuniting on Sunday – Mathieu Bastareaud and Geoffrey Doumayrou will be reuniting in the midfield.
The other change on the backs comes on the wing where Gael Fickou is installed on the wing, with Yoann Huget moving to full-back.
In the forwards, prop Demba Bamba comes into the front row in place of injured Uini Antonio while lock Felix Lambey gets the nod ahead of Paul Willemse – to make their first-ever Test start.
In the back row, Yacouba Camara is at no.6 in place of Wenceslas Lauret, while there are also changes on the bench.
Romain Ntamack drops to the replacements, as does Willemse where they’re joined by Antoine Dupont.
Mathieu Bastareaud is one of six changes to the France side for Sunday's Six Nations game against England at Twickenham.
— Sky Sports Rugby Union (@SkySportsRugby) February 8, 2019
Yoann Huget; Damian Penaud, Mathieu Bastareaud, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Gael Fickou; Camille Lopez, Morgan Parra; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado (capt), Demba Bamba, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Felix Lambey, Yacouba Camara, Arthur Iturria, Louis Picamoles.
Replacements: Pierre Bourgarit, Dany Priso, Dorian Aldegheri, Paul Willemse, Greg Alldritt, Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack, Thomas Ramos.
- France’s last Six Nations win at Twickenham was in 2005 (18-17), when Dimitri Yachvili kicked six penalties to overturn a 17-6 half-time English lead.
- England lead the Six Nations head-to-head 12 wins to seven.
- France have lost seven of the eight Tests they’ve played since beating England 22-16 in Paris last March.
Prediction & Odds
England will be looking for a back-to-back win when they face France on Sunday. They had a terrific game in Dublin and will be expected to show a similar performance on home soil. Meanwhile, France will be coming off an agonising 24-19 defeat to Wales on the opening night of the tournament last Friday.
Prediction: England 30 -17 France – Bet Here