England vs France Live: England were magnificent as they opened World Cup year with a 32-20 demolition of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. 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.
Next up in their pursuit of the Six Nations crown surrendered to the Irish last year is Sunday’s clash with France, with a Grand Slam in their sights after clearing the toughest hurdle.
In contrast, a chaotic France fell victims to the tournament’s biggest comeback win when Paris was stormed by Wales on the opening night.
Eddie Jones has made two changes to his starting XI for the Twickenham clash, with Courtney Lawes and Chris Ashton called into the XV.
Standard Sport will keep you up to date with all the ‘Le Crunch’ action as well as look back on Saturday’s victories for Wales and Ireland.
While England has won 57 of the 104 rugby test matches against France since their first match in 1906, their last match wasn’t quite so successful, with France claiming a tight 22-16 victory over England during the 2018 Championship.