England vs France LIVE: Six Nations rugby latest, what time does it start, TV channel, how to watch online
Follow the latest updates live as England face France on Sunday afternoon looking to make it two out of two in the competition and follow up on their brilliant win against Ireland last weekend.
The hosts have won nine of the last 12 Six Nations matches against France but the visitors are always dangerous and will be smarting from last week’s narrow defeat by Wales, while England have named Chris Ashton in the starting line-up to make his first Six Nations start since 2013.
France lost 24-19 to Wales in Paris last weekend after being 16-0 ahead at half-time and need a win to stay in realistic contention for the title, with Les Bleus recalling centre Mathieu Bastareaud. Follow the live updates below.
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Back to matters at Twickenham, where Eddie Jones has warned of the dangers that lurk in the ‘shadows’ when complacency becomes an issue. After such an emphatic performance in Dublin, can England peak again on such a big stage? Jones certainly believes so.
Next it was off to Rome as Wales recorded their 10th straight victory to equal their longest winning run in their history, but the Scottish malaise had clearly spread across the mainland Europe as it was not a game that will live long in the memory.
Let’s take a look back at yesterday’s action. The day kicked off at Murrayfield as Ireland looked to bounce back against Scotland. Sadly, a thrilling and entertaining first half dissolved into a mess of a game in the second, and Ireland had enough in them to get back to winning ways thanks to tries from Conor Murray, Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls.
With 90 minutes until the action gets underway, what can we expect from the final Six Nations match of the second round?
It’ll surely be a battle between France’s goliath forwards and England’s ability to break them down and sap their energy levels, with the final 20 minutes likely to be crucial in determining the result.
Billy Vunipola, the England No 8, is more than aware of this, and has challenged England to fight fire with fire.
What time does it start?
England vs France kicks off at 3pm (GMT) on Sunday February 10.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on ITV from 2.15pm (GMT).
England: Elliot Daly; Chris Ashton, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May; Owen Farrell (capt), Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler; Courtney Lawes, George Kruis; Mark Wilson, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola
Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Dan Cole, Ben Moon, Joe Launchbury, Nathan Hughes, Dan Robson, George Ford, Jack Nowell
France: Yoann Huget; Damian Penaud, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Mathieu Bastareaud, Gael Fickou; Camille Lopez, Morgan Parra; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado, Demba Bamba; Felix Lambey, Sebastien Vahaamahina; Yacouba Camara, Arthur Iturria, Louis Picamoles.
Replacements: Pierre Bourgarit, Dany Priso, Dorian Aldegheri, Paul Willemse, Gregory Alldritt, Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack, Thomas Ramos