Eddie Jones’ physical Six Nations champions easily topped Pool A after stretching their impressive winning run to seven games, with a rout of Georgia and ferocious defeat of Ireland followed by a hard-fought 24-13 win over Wales in Llanelli last weekend.
They will now be huge favourites to win the first edition of a makeshift competition that has attracted criticism for a lack of fireworks, with France missing so many of their key men.
Due to an agreement with Top 14 clubs that no player would play in more than three Tests this autumn, head coach Fabien Galthie’s side today contains just 68 caps in total. Contrast that to England’s most experienced team, which boasts no fewer than 813.
With London placed in Tier 2 of the Government’s new regionalised system of coronavirus restrictions following the end of the second national lockdown, England will welcome back 2,000 lucky fans for today’s encounter.
Date, kick-off time and venue
England vs France is scheduled for a 2pm GMT kick-off today (Sunday, December 6, 2020).
The match will be played in front of 2,000 returning fans at Twickenham.
How to watch
TV channel and live stream: Fans can watch the game on Amazon Prime’s online streaming service.
You can also watch the match on mobile, Mac or PC. If you use Chromecast or Airplay, you can also convert that to a bigger screen as well.
England suffered a setback on the eve of the game with Mako Vunipola ruled out by a calf problem, the injury sustained against Wales.
Ellis Genge is promoted from the bench into the starting XV, with Joe Marler filling the vacancy among the replacements.
Anthony Watson also replaces injured Bath team-mate Jonathan Joseph on the right wing, with Wasps’ Jack Willis dropping out of the squad as Jones returns to a five and three split between forwards and backs on the bench.
Max Malins and Harlequins centre Joe Marchant both come into the matchday squad.
As mentioned, France are massively understrength due to that agreement with Top 14 clubs, with a whole host of stars missing including highly-rated scrum-half Antoine Dupont, centres Virimi Vakatawa and Gael Fickou and captain Charles Ollivon.
No8 Selevasio Tolofua makes his debut, while scrum-half Baptiste Couilloud takes the captain’s armband on only his fifth cap.
England: Elliot Daly, Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Owen Farrell (captain), Jonny May, George Ford, Ben Youngs; Billy Vunipola, Sam Underhill, Tom Curry, Joe Launchbury, Maro Itoje, Kyle Sinckler, Jamie George, Ellis Genge. Reserves: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Will Stuart, Jonny Hill, Ben Earl, Dan Robson, Max Malins, Joe Marchant, Joe Marler.
France: Brice Dulin, Alivereti Raka, Jonathan Danty, Yoram Moefana, Gabin Villiere, Matthieu Jalibert, Baptiste Couilloud (captain); Selevasio Tolofua, Anthony Jelonch, Cameron Woki, Baptiste Pesenti, Killian Geraci, Dorian Aldegheri, Pierre Bourgarit, Hassane Kolingar. Reserves: Peato Mauvaka, Rodrigue Neti, Uini Atonio, Guillaume Ducat, Sekou Macalou, Sebastien Bezy, Louis Carbonel, Jean Pascal Barraque.
Betting odds and tips (subject to change)
England win: 1/9
France win: Between 10/1 and 11/1
First tryscorer, Jonny May: 11/2
Odds courtesy of Betfair Exchange. Click here for more information.
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