When and where is the game?
France vs England in the 2018 NatWest Six Nations is this Saturday (March 10) at the Stade de France, Paris – ie today.
What time is kick-off?
It’s a 4.45pm GMT start.
What TV channel is it on?
This match will be on BBC One.
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What is the team news?
Dylan Hartley has been ruled out of England’s match against Francewith a tight calf. Owen Farrell will captain the team in Hartley’s absence.
Hartley sustained the injury in training at the start of the week and has been forced to concede defeat in his race to be fit.
Farrell starts as England skipper for the first time. Mako Vunipola has been named vice-captain with Jamie George taking over at hooker.
Hartley has been ever-present under head coach Eddie Jones, starting all but one of his 26 Tests in charge and always acting as skipper.
In the most radical team selection of the Jones era, Mike Brown has been dropped at full-back in favour of Anthony Watson, who shifts across from the wing to create a vacancy that is filled by Elliot Daly.
The power of Ben Te’o is preferred at outside centre, resulting in Jonathan Joseph dropping to a much-changed bench.
Kyle Sinckler is back as tighthead prop cover – Harry Williams has been struggling with a neck problem – and is joined among the replacements by James Haskell and Sam Simmonds.
France have replaced Lionel Beauxis with the more experienced Francois Trinh-Duc.
The change at fly-half that sees the playmakers swap roles between the bench and starting XV is the only adjustment to the match-day 23 that beat Italy.
Giant Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud continues at outside centre in a team led by hooker Guilhem Guirado.
What are they saying?
Eddie Jones on making Owen Farrell captain…
“Owen will be very proud to be captain but at the same time he’s disappointed for Dylan to miss out through injury. He knows the position of captain carries a lot of responsibility.
“We need to make sure we have one strong voice among the forward leaders and Mako has been doing some great work behind the scenes. He will step up and take that on officially against France.”
Eddie Jones on losing to Scotland…
“Last night I woke up at 4am. I can’t sleep because it annoys me losing a game that we shouldn’t have lost.
“It is usually a thought in my head so I go into the office and start sending texts and emails to various staff members saying ‘what do you think of this?’ Some of them reply straight away.
“But I don’t have anxiety, I have thoughts about what we have got to fix and how we are going to fix it. If I had any anxiety I would be dead.
“You know when I die I have got anxiety. I am being serious. I have coached for 20 years. If I was anxious for 20 years I would be dead.”
What are the betting odds?
- France win – 9/4
- England win – 4/11
- Draw – 25/1
What is our prediction?
With rain forecast in Paris and the pitch invariably on the heavy side, this could prove a real – as Jones puts it – “slogathon”. Defeat to Scotland ended England’s hopes of securing a second grand slam in three years, but expect a response. Jones will have them fired up against an underwhelming Les Bleus side.
Predicted score: France 13 England 21