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England 23-20 France: Six Nations 2021 – because it occurred


Eddie Jones has lastly given Max Malins the beginning his type and sophistication warrant at fullback, changing the too lengthy misfiring Elliot Daly who strikes to the bench for an in any other case unchanged backline. Within the forwards, Luke Cowan-Dickie’s abrasive power and try-scoring document is most well-liked to Jamie George and Charlie Ewels begins at lock, changing Jonny Hill. The Tub man’s regular energy seems extra interesting to Jones early within the match than Jonny Hill’s generally unpredictable temperament.

Jones has this week gone for 3 backs on the bench, that includes the return of Ollie Lawrence.

It seems that lengthy Covid just isn’t a fear for France as a largely first alternative workforce emerges from their interval of isolation. Virimi Vakatawa is again at centre, with Teddy Thomas advert the fashionable Damian Penaud on the wings. A lot of the sport with depend upon how these two deal with the peppering they’ll obtain from England’s kicking sport. In that regard, you need to say France will miss the injured Gabin Villière.

Romain Taofifenua is available in for the injured Bernard le Roux within the pack, whereas Dylan Cretin begins within the again row.

Hold your eyes on the France bench as Romain Ntamack, their insouciant famous person of 2020 alongside Dupont, will make his return in some unspecified time in the future within the sport.

England: Max Malins; Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Owen Farrell (captain), Jonny Might; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Charlie Ewels, Mark Wilson, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Jamie George, Ellis Genge, Will Stuart, Jonny Hill, Ben Earl, Dan Robson, Ollie Lawrence, Elliot Daly.

France: Brice Dulin; Teddy Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Damian Penaud; Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Romain Taofifenua, Paul Willemse, Dylan Cretin, Charles Ollivon (captain), Gregory Alldritt.

Replacements: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Dorian Aldegheri, Cyril Cazeaux, Cameron Woki, Anthony Jelonch, Baptiste Serin, Romain Ntamack.


France assistant coach Shaun Edwards throughout the heat up. {Photograph}: Tom Jenkins/NMC Pool/The Guardian