France lead Ireland by two points in the 2022 Six Nations standings and will claim the title if they win the final round of this year’s championship.
England are scrambling to avoid finishing in the bottom half for a second straight year under coach Eddie Jones, who is under pressure after already two defeats.
The Blues were far from their dominating best but still managed to hold on to a 13-9 triumph over Wales in Cardiff last week, moving them within a win of a first. title since 2010 and with a home World Cup imminent. Next year.
England would love to spoil the party for their old rivals this weekend, even though they can no longer hope to win the Six Nations on their own.
Jones’ side – beaten in the Calcutta Cup opening weekend – delivered a valiant 14-man performance against Ireland after Charlie Ewels was red carded for a dangerous tackle after just 82 seconds in the fourth round , but could not prevent the visitors from withdrawing late. for a spectacular 32-15 triumph in an electric Twickenham.
England can now only finish third in this year’s Championship, when they could find themselves with back-to-back fifth places if the results go against them, which Jones will be desperate to avoid.
Victory seals the title and Grand Slam for France, but defeat could hand glory to Ireland, provided Andy Farrell’s side face Scotland in Dublin earlier today.
France v England kick off date, time and venue
France vs England is scheduled to kick off at 8pm GMT on Saturday March 19, 2022.
The match – the last of three to kick off the Six Nations final on Saturday – will take place at the Stade de France in Paris.
How to watch France vs England
TV channel: In the UK, France vs England will be broadcast live on ITV, with coverage starting at 7.15pm.
Direct: Live coverage of the match will also be available online, via the ITV website and ITV Hub.
Live Blog: You can also follow all the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog, with expert analysis from Simon Collings in Paris.
The news of the France vs England team
France made just one change from their tough victory in Cardiff, with Damian Penaud now recovered from Covid-19 and back on the right wing.
Yoram Moefana drops out of the squad altogether as Fabien Galthie opts for a 6-2 bench split in preparation for a lethal second half, with lock Romain Taofifenua also back in the 23rd after testing positive.
France’s remarkable consistency with the selection has seen them make just one non-Covid forced change across the Six Nations.
England came as a surprise by appointing George Furbank at full-back, with Jones likely ready to use a tactical kicking game in Paris.
Freddie Steward goes to the wing with Max Malins completely dropped, while Ben Youngs returns to scrum-half in place of Harry Randall.
In the peloton, Kyle Sinckler is replaced by Will Stuart at the tighthead and Sam Underhill replaces the injured Tom Curry, while the suspended Ewels makes way for Nick Isiekwe.
Composition France vs England
Membership France: Mr Jaminet; D Penaud, G Fickou, J Danty, G Villière; R Ntamack, A Dupont (c); C Baille, J Marchand, U Atonio, C Woki, P Willimse, F Cros, A Jelonch, G Alldritt.
Replacements: P Mauvaka, JB Gros, M Haouas, R Taofifenua, T Flament, D Cretin, M Lucu, T Ramos.
Composition of England: Furbank; Steward, Marchant, Slade, Nowell; Smith, Youngs; Genge, George, Stuart, Itoje, Isiekwe, Lawes (c), Underhill, Simmonds.
Replacements: Marler, Dolly, Sinckler, Chessum, Dombrandt, Randall, Ford, Daly.
France vs England prediction
France were repeatedly frustrated by Wales and were lucky the hosts lacked a killer instinct in the second half of an attritional game at the Principality Stadium.
But Championship success hinges on managing to prevail in such situations and how Les Bleus relish the chance to seal a Grand Slam against England of all teams.
Jones’ men should be incredibly proud of their 14-man fight against Ireland and his side will be very keen to ruin the Grand Slam dream here.
France’s bench split shows they’re ready for an ultra-physical showdown and you’d expect their attacking talent to be chomping at the bit to break free after being contained on Friday night in Cardiff.
Marked by the excellent world player of the year in title Antoine Dupont, a first Grand Slam for 12 years is surely announced.
France wins by 10 points.
France vs England head to head (h2h) history and results
This will be the 109th meeting between these two nations. England have won 60 and France 41 to go along with seven draws.
Maro Itoje’s late try sealed a dramatic 23-20 victory for England at Twickenham in that game last year, while Owen Farrell’s ‘golden point’ penalty in extra time was the death sudden victory secured victory over a young French side in a memorable Autumn Nations Cup final in December 2020.
France vs England odds
Victory France: 3/10
England win: 13/5
Antoine Dupont first try scorer: 9/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).