England v France - RBS Six Nations match preview
Last Updated: 23/02/13 6:49pm
England will be looking to pile more misery on out-of-sorts France when the two rivals meet at Twickenham in Six Nations action on Saturday.
Stuart Lancaster's men have made a fine start to the 2013 competition with wins over Scotland and Ireland, but it is a different story for France.
The pre-tournament favourites are without a victory from their opening games after following a shock defeat to Italy and they followed up that result with a 16-6 loss to Wales on home soil.
Should France lose to England it will also be the first time since 2001 that they have lost three matches in a campaign. It would also be their fifth consecutive loss in the Six Nations, making it their worst losing streak since 1958.
However Lancaster, who has recalled Manu Tuilagi, Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes, has warned his side against complacency, stating France are still capable of pulling off an upset at Twickenham.
"It's interesting to see the French team and the changes they've made. It's clearly a high quality French side coming to Twickenham and we're really looking forward to the game," said Lancaster.
"You go through the list of names, their caps and their experience and there are some very good players who've played in very big games for club and country.
"You can see the shape they're trying to play and you can see their attacking patterns from previous games. There is lots of footage to look at - not just the last two games but they beat Argentina and they beat Australia."
France have rung the changes for the match in London and head coach France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre admits the hosts are the firm favourites to maintain their 100 per cent start.
Saint-Andre, who has brought back Francois Trinh-Duc, Morgan Parra, Vincent Clerc, Thomas Domingo and Benjamin Kayser, said: "The English will start favourites. We will have to show all our qualities of being French on Saturday - that means being brave, daring, unpredictable and to take the fight to them.
"When we are able to do that, we are able to pose problems for any team in the world. To be honest, it's always a good thing when we French have our backs to the wall.
"That forces us to regroup and to better prepare individually for what will be a bruising contest. Often, the French rugby team has proved to be better when labelled as outsiders rather than favourites."England: 15 A Goode, 14 C Ashton, 13 M Tuilagi, 12 B Barritt, 11 M Brown, 10 O Farrell, 9 B Youngs, 1 J Marler, 2 D Hartley, 3 D Cole, 4 J Launchbury, 5 G Parling, 6 C Lawes, 7 C Robshaw, 8 T Wood.
Replacements 16 T Youngs, 17 D Wilson, 18 M Vunipola, 19 J Haskell, 20 T Waldrom, 21 D Care, 22 T Flood, 23 B TwelvetreesFrance: 15 Y Huget, 14 V Clerc, 13 M Bastareaud, 12 W Fofana, 11 B Fall, 10 F Trinh-Duc, 9 M Parra, 1 L Picamoles, 2 Y Nyanga, 3 T Dusautoir (capt); 4 Y Maestri, 5 C Samson, 6 N Mas, 7 B Kayser, 8 T Domingo.
Replacements: 16 D Szarzewski, 17 V Debaty, 18 L Ducalcon, 19 J Suta, 20 A Claassen, 21 M Machenaud, 22 F Michalak, 23 F Fritz
RBS Six Nations 2013 Week 3
Alex Payne says that England will edge Wales for their first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2003.
Alex Payne says that England will beat Italy while France will record their first win of the tournament.
Donnacha O'Callaghan admitted Ireland are "a bit ashamed" by their 12-8 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield.
- Heaslip backs penalties call
- Injury woes for Italy
- Brunel pays tribute to Wales
- Howley hails composed Wales
- Wales push Italy aside
- Scotland v Ireland: Teams
- Mixed bag for Blues
- Lancaster: France are capable
- England turn back to Tuilagi
- Trinh-Duc recalled by France
- Barritt ready for Bastareaud
- Italy rocked by Parisse ban
- Johnson taking Irish seriously
- Youngs learning French lessons
- Lancaster keeping the faith
- Scotland head back to basics
- Irish duo fit to face Scots
- Howley not expecting easy ride
- Rowntree wary of France pack
- Goode wary of wounded France
- Bergamasco called up by Italy
- Ireland lose injured D'Arcy