The omens are not good for Rob Howley's men, however, following an eight-game losing run that has not seen them beat a Test-playing nation since they overcame Les Bleus to claim the Grand Slam 12 months ago.
Throw in a French side smarting from their opening-weekend 23-18 defeat to Italy and an early all-or-nothing encounter looms in northern Paris on Saturday afternoon.
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