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Third placed England take on fourth placed France at Twickenham on Saturday late-afternoon with both teams level on points with Scotland in second. The teams are both five points behind pace-setters Ireland but a victory will see them go level with the Irish, albeit having played one more match.
The rest of the tournament will be an excellent barometer of exactly where England are as a side, six months out from the 2023 World Cup. They conclude the 2023 Six Nations with this match followed by a trip to Ireland where they could have to witness trophy presentations galore.
France will feel that a win in this game will keep their slim hopes of retaining the Six Nations title alive. After this game they finish the competition by hosting Wales in Paris, a match which could see Wales already consigned to finishing bottom of the table.
We have picked out our two best tips for the England vs France game below.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
England vs France – Match Prediction
Here at Pundit Feed, we have made our rugby predictions to cover the weekend’s Six Nations action. Here are additional details on our two bets for this game:
England to Win @ 6/5 (2.20)
England are by no means the finished article and Steve Borthwick will be looking to improve the side in the back and the forward line ahead of the World Cup later in the year. However, they have shown themselves to be disciplined and capable of getting results in this campaign. They are targeting their third successive win in the 2023 Six Nations and have an excellent record at home against France.
Total Match Tries Under 4.5 @ 11/10 (2.10)
Both teams are more than capable of playing entertaining running-rugby but we expect a dose of pragmatism from both in this game. Winning the match will keep their slim hopes alive of winning the 2023 Six Nations and we predict no more than four tries in a very tight match at Twickenham.
England vs France Preview
Let’s take a closer look at what changes have been made in the line-ups of both teams ahead of this match at Twickenham.
There is only one alteration to England’s team from the 20-10 victory in Cardiff last time out. However, it is quite the call from Head Coach Steve Borthwick who has brought Marcus Smith back into the team at fly-half with captain Owen Farrell left out. Ellis Genge takes on the captaincy for this match.
England XV: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Max Malins, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ollie Lawrence, 11 Anthony Watson, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Jack van Poortvliet, 1 Ellis Genge (c), 2 Jamie George, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 Ollie Chessum, 6 Lewis Ludlam, 7 Jack Willis, 8 Alex Dombrandt
There are three changes for Les Bleus ahead of this game with Mohamed Haouas, Yoram Moefana and Anthony Jelonch dropping out of the starting line-up from the win over Scotland. Jonathan Danty, Dorian Aldegheri and Francois Cros come into the team.
France XV: 15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Ethan Dumortier, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont (c), 1 Cyril Baille, 2 Julien Marchand, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 4 Thibaud Flament, 5 Paul Willemse, 6 Francois Cros, 7 Charles Ollivon, 8 Gregory Alldritt
England vs France Head to Head
After 109 games between England and France, it is England who currently lead the head to head 60-42. France came out on top in last year’s Six Nations clash but they have not come to Twickenham and won in this tournament since back in 2005, 18 years ago.
England vs France Match Details
- Date and time: Saturday 11th of March at 16:45 PM GMT.
- Venue: Twickenham, London
- How to watch England vs France Six Nations in the UK: ITV.