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England Team to face France 2018 - Pre Match thoughts
By England Fan
March 8 2018

England v France a nerve jangler if ever there was one!   Owen Farrell will Captain England for the first time in Saturday's Six Nations match against France, with regular skipper Dylan Hartley out due to injury.



  Saturday, 10 March - 16:45 GMT

Stade de France, Paris

England need a BIG performance against France this weekend, everyman on that field will need to stand up and be counted.  We need to win this match and win it well, no messing about this time.

England have won nine of the last 11 against France in the Six Nations Championship including the last three in a row.    France on the other hand, have lost their last three matches at the Stade de France..................  Let's hope this trait will continue.


Eddie has picked the side he expects to do the job on Saturday saying  “This game is about the opportunity for the team to move forward and we want a response from the players this week,"     “Against France we want to be brutal and aggressive on the gain line and to play with a great tactical discipline.”


Aye, I expect a brutal game and have a feeling we will witness yellow cards in this one.  However, I don't care how we win as long as we come out winners at the end of it, no matter how ugly it might get!   Scotland wanted it more two weeks ago, I hope the England players have felt the pain and want this one even more. 

Come on England.......... time 'To Swing Low" very low and make those tackles! on horse

France: Bonneval; Fall, Bastareaud, Doumayrou, Grosso; Trinh-Duc, Machenaud; Poirot, Guirado (Captaincapt), Slimani, Gabrillagues, Vahaamhina, Lauret, Camara, Tauleigne.

Replacements: Pelissie, Priso, Gomes, Taofifenua, Galletier, Couilloud, Beauxis, Fickou.

England: Watson; May, Te'o, Farrell (Captain), Daly; Ford, Care; M Vunipola, George, Cole, Launchbury, Itoje, Lawes, Robshaw, Hughes.

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Marler, Sinckler, Haskell, Simmonds, Wigglesworth, Joseph, Brown.