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Preview – England v France

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England has shown their teeth last week against Ireland and must be favourites to lift the trophy this year in the Six Nations.

It was only one test but it was such an impressive test from England which make it hard to think anybody will be able to better that.

If one has to be true to one self, then only Wales really can upset Eddie Jones men although this weekend’s test against France can be a difficult one for Jones.

One never know what you can expect from France and they have shown that they can compete against the best but for some reason they manage to either not pitch up some weekend’s or just throw test away like against Wales.

French head coach Jacques Brunel has made six changes to his starting lineup after last week’s lost against Wales at home.

In the backs he shift Yoann Huget from wing to full-back and Gaël Fickou comes into the run-on side to wear the number 11 jersey.

He also brought back lager than life Mathieu Bastareaud and Geoffrey Doumayrou in the midfield to start the test.

In the forwards he gave Yacouba Camara the blindside jumper while Félix Lambey comes in at lock for Paul Willemse, who drops to the replacements bench.

Demba Bamba also takes over from Uini Atonio at tighthead prop.

Jones made two changes to his side for this weekend test with Courtney Lawes in the second-row following the injury to Maro Itoje, while Chris Ashton is named on the right wing.

Jones also included Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury and Ben Moon on the bench for the first time this tournament.

For Jones he wants his players to refocus and reset after the great win in Ireland.

The French always make it hard for coaches and player to prepare for, with their unpredictability.

Jones admitted that they have talented players in their side and his troops will have to be on par to get a win even though they are playing at home.

History is with England as they have won the last 12 Six Nations test matches against France.

If you are looking for something to do on Sunday afternoon, tune into SuperSport and watch, what should be an entertaining test match between England and France.

Prediction: After last week win against Ireland one will have to be stupid to bet against Jones men, England by 13

Teams:

England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell (c), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Mark Wilson, 5 George Kruis, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Dan Robson, 22 George Ford, 23 Jack Nowell

France: 15 Yoann Huget, 14 Damien Penaud, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Gaël Fickou, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Arthur Iturria, 6 Yacouba Camara, 5 Félix Lambey, 4 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 3 Demba Bamba, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Gregory Alldritt, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Romain Ntamack, 23 Thomas Ramos

 

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