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Six Nations | Stade de France
16:45 (GMT) | 10-03-2018
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That's it. France wins a nerve wrecking final few minutes game. Ireland is crowned 6 Nations champions
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Another penalty won by England and they opt for touch. They look to maul but the French defense holds strong. England tries to shift the ball wide but the ball is lost forward in contact
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England makes a meal out the line-out ball and all Lionel Beauxis has to do is kick it into touch but he fails and England runs it back
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English line-out 5m out
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The English with the ball in hand close to the French 22 and they win a penalty and opt for touch
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Lionel Beauxis kicks it through the middle
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France wins penalty right in front of goal and opts for the 3 points
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Farrell adds the extras
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The English manage to create an opportunity wide and Daly pops it back inside for May to score
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England creates an opportunity but fails to score. Line-out for the home team on their own 5 and they make a meal of it
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England finds space wide but the ball goes into touch off a French player
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Robshaw wins a penalty for the English at the breakdown and the pressure is relieved for England as they opt for touch
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Scrum for France in good attacking position. A couple of scrum resets before the French attacks the midfield and the english defense has to scramble
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The French attack starting to find some momentum as they hold onto the ball
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France wins another penalty on the ground and the pressure is relieved as they opt for touch
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At the restart France clears into touch and England gets a line-out close to the half. England building a few phases but the French defense holds strong
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Machenaud kicks it over
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Penalty won at the breakdown again by the French and they opt for goal
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Penalty won at the breakdown again by the French
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French scrum on their own 10. They win a free-kick and then tap it quickly and spread the ball wide into space
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England makes a meal at the line-out and the French clears
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England wins a penalty and opt for touch. Farrell with a beautiful touch finder 5m out
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Possession changes hand and the French looks to build an attack inside the English half
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France loses their line-out ball but an English kick is charged down and France looks to apply pressure
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England kicks the ball high but foul play against France wins them a penalty and they opt for touch
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Penalty at the scrum for England and the pressure is relieved
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After the restart the French attack finds space and edges closer. They manage to go over the try line but the ball is held up and a 5m scrum is awarded to the home team
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Anthony Watson is awarded a yellow card for the dangerous tackle
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Penalty advantage at the lineout for France and they gain a couple of meters. France opts for the cross-kick and the ball is not fielded on the wing but it bounces back into play and is collected by Remy Grosso who is tackled high by Anthony Watson. Penalty try awarded
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Penalty advantage at the lineout for France and they gain a couple of metres
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Penalty at the breakdown again for France on their own 10 and they opt for touch
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France wins their line-out ball but they lose the ball in contact and England looks to run it back
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England 5m out but France wins a penalty at the breakdown and they opt for touch
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England gets a powerful rolling maul going but the French defense holds up as the English edges closer
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England makes use of the boot and clears. The French sets it up in the midfield before they also opt to kick for territory. Penalty for the English on the halfway line and they opt for touch
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The 2nd half gets on the way and France sets it up before they clear. English line-out close to the half

Half Time

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Another scrum reset with only a few seconds to go. Scrum reset again. The English looks for a final surge but the ball fgoes back to the French who looks to counter but a forward pass brings play to a halt. Half Time
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Scrum reset
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France looks to run from deep inside their own half at the restart but the ball is lost forward and England gets a scrum in good attacking position
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Again Maxime Machenaud kicks it straight through the middle
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England playing a couple of phases before the ball is won back by the French. Offside penalty for France 45m out and they opt for goal
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Ford restarts with a deep kick and France clears but does not find touch and the English looks to run it back
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Knock-on by France and the ref goes back to a penalty advantage. The French opts for goal and Maxime Machenaud slots it
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France wins their line-out ball and puts it up strongly in the midfield. France playing a couple of phases and edging forward
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The restart kick is fielded and then cleared by the English. No touch found and France looks to attack from their own half. Penalty for the home team and they opt for touch
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Farrell slots the kick
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At the return of play the English manages to get hands on the ball and built a few phases. They win a penalty in kicking position and opt for goal
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Maxime Machenaud makes no error
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After the restart, France is back on the attack and they win a penalty and opt for goal
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Elliot Daly makes no error
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Scrum penalty won by England just inside their own half. And they opt for the long range goal
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France wins their 1st line-out of the game and looks to attack the midfield but Robshaw tries to intercept but loses the ball forward
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Penalty won by the French at the breakdown and they opt for touch
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France looks to kick into space but the ball goes behind the try-line and England dots it down for a 22 drop-out
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FRance wins a penalty at the breakdown and opts for touch. Line-out 20m out from goal and they look to get the maul going but no momentum is found and France gets a scrum in good attacking position
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After the line-out the ball is lost by England and the French pounces on it and launches a counter-attack as they find a few gaps in the English defense before the ball is knocked forward 15m out
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Penalty won by England and they opt for touch
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Another lost line-out by France and England looks to counter
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Penalty won by the French at the breakdown and they opt for touch
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England with ball in hand inside the French half as they build a couple of phases
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Line-out ball lost by the French and England looks to attack before they kick and France tries to clear but the ball is charged down and goes into touch
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A penalty for the home team deep inside their own half and they opt for touch
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The ball is booted forward by a French player after it rolled out of the ruck. France applies pressure before England kicks and looks to do the same
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England attacking from the line-out inside the French 22. The French defense holds strong as the English play phase after phase
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France restarts relatively deep and England wins another penalty inside their own half and they opt for touch
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Farrell gets England on the scoreboard
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Scrum reset. English scrum inside the French half. The away team wins a penalty and opts for goal
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France gets the game on the way with a deep kick-off. England secures the ball and Care clears with a box-kick. France fields the ball and looks to build an attack from just inside their own half. They find space but the ball is passed forward and the ref comes back for a scrum
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The players are doing their final preparations before taking the field. Referee Jaco Peyper will be in charge of this fixture
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Players to look out for in the French side will have to be Mathieu Bastareaud, Maxime Machenaud and Yacouba Camara while the English will expect strong performances by Jonny May, George Ford and Maro Itoje
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England will look to get their Six Nations championship defence back on track as they take on France in the latest instalment of “Le Crunch”, looking to make up for their shock defeat by Scotland last time out. That 25-13 defeat in Edinburgh has put Ireland in pole position for the title, having won all three of their games so far, but with England and Ireland due to meet on the final weekend of the tournament, Eddie Jones’ side at least know that their fate remains in their own hands if they can beat France. They will have to do so without captain Dylan Hartley though, with the hooker ruled out with a calf injury, meaning that Jamie George is handed his first Six Nations start and Exeter’s Luke Cowan-Dickie is named on the bench. While it is the only change in the pack, England’s back line looks very different as outside stand-in captain Owen Farrell is Ben Te’o, fit-again Elliot Daly and Jonny May, with Anthony Watson moving to full-back and Mike Brown dropped. France meanwhile make just one change to the side that beat Italy a fortnight ago, with Toulon fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc recalled in place of Lionel Beauxis as Jacques Brunel’s third starting No 10 in four matches
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Welcome to Stade de France, Paris where France will take on England in this 6 Nations clash.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Jefferson Poirot
  • 2 Guilhem Guirado
  • 3 Rabah Slimani
  • 4 Paul Gabrillagues
  • 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina
  • 6 Wenceslas Lauret
  • 7 Yacouba Camara
  • 8 Marco Tauleigne
  • 9 Maxime Machenaud
  • 10 Francois Trinh-Duc
  • 11 Remy Grosso
  • 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou
  • 13 Mathieu Bastareaud
  • 14 Benjamin Fall
  • 15 Hugo Bonneval
RESERVES
  • 16 Adrien Pelissie
  • 17 Dany Priso
  • 18 Cedate Gomes Sa
  • 19 Romain Taofifenua
  • 20 Kelian Galletier
  • 21 Baptiste Couilloud
  • 22 Lionel Beauxis
  • 23 Gael Fickou
START LINE UP
  • 1 Mako Vunipola
  • 2 Jamie George
  • 3 Dan Cole
  • 4 Joe Launchbury
  • 5 Maro Itoje
  • 6 Courtney Lawes
  • 7 Chris Robshaw
  • 8 Nathan Hughes
  • 9 Danny Care
  • 10 George Ford
  • 11 Elliot Daly
  • 12 Owen Farrell
  • 13 Ben Te'o
  • 14 Jonny May
  • 15 Anthony Watson
RESERVES
  • 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie
  • 17 Joe Marler
  • 18 Kyle Sinckler
  • 19 James Haskell
  • 20 Sam Simmonds
  • 21 Richard Wigglesworth
  • 22 Jonathan Joseph
  • 23 Mike Brown
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PREVIEW: France v England

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 07:13

SIX NATIONS, ROUND FOUR: England coach Eddie Jones compared veteran French counterpart Jacques Brunel to a boxer who had gone the distance with heavyweight great Muhammad Ali as he forecast a gruelling Six Nations encounter for his side in Paris.

Saturday's match will be the first time Brunel has taken on England in his current role as France boss.

But having served as forwards coach when current French Rugby Federation President Bernard Laporte was in charge of the national side and, more recently, head coach of Italy, the 64-year-old Brunel knows reigning Six Nations champions England well.

Jones, who first came across Brunel some 20 years ago, said the former Perpignan coach had always picked physically imposing teams and that nothing had changed now he was in charge of France.  

"Anyone who can last the distance, go 15 rounds against Muhammad Ali… if you coach professionally for 20 years you are doing a lot of things right," said Jones on Thursday.

"He's a good selector, he's got a certain style of play, always picks big physical teams, they always play like that and if they’re good enough they win."

But Jones was confident an England side without injured regular captain Dylan Hartley at hooker would be able to best France physically despite their shock 13-25 loss away to Scotland last time out.

"We are expecting a tough old tussle. But as long as we are brutal and ruthless at the gain-line, I think we will have too much for them," the Australian explained.

"It will be a tough game and he [Brunel] is a great coach."

This has been France's first Six Nations under Brunel, who replaced the sacked Guy Noves.

Brunel was unlucky to see France lose their tournament opener to Ireland, now chasing a Grand Slam, following a last-ditch drop-goal from Jonathan Sexton.

Then came a 26-32 loss to Scotland in a match where France were on top until late on before a 34-17 success against Italy in Marseille - Les Bleus' first victory in nine Tests and 11, long, months.

Jones, however, was not surprised by France's progress under Brunel.

"No, as I said at the start of the tournament I always thought they would be a much better team.

"They have an experienced coach in place who knows what international rugby is about...He's a disciplined coach and they're starting to play like that, so it hasn't surprised me at all."

Unlike their Six Nations rivals, France have never had an overseas coach in charge of their Test side and Jones said: "I'm sure every country would like to have their own nationality as coach because there is a lot of national pride involved, so I don't think they are missing out on anything.

"They are investing in French coaches and good luck to them."

Jones's teams have long been renowned for their fitness, something France will have to match if Saturday's match is a close contest.

"You either get out and set the tone or the last 20 you are either closing the game down or you’ve got to accelerate what you are doing," Jones said. 

"I think the good teams traditionally do well in those periods."

Brunel has made one change to his side, recalling Francois Trinh-Duc at flyhalf in place of Lionel Beauxis.

"The young boy Trinh-Duc, he's not that young any more," said Jones of the 31-year-old, a veteran of 64 Tests. 

"He takes the ball to the line more [than Beauxis], got a good attacking kicking game but they are similar types of players."

Players to watch:

For France: Big centre Mathieu Bastareaud was the star in France's win over Italy and Jacques Brunel is expecting another big performance from him. Experienced flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc is back in the spotlight and his x-factor out wide can derail England's Six Nations campaign. Hooker and captain Guilhelm Guirado always gives 100 percent for his team and won't stand back against the old enemy.

For England: Anthony Watson will give England something extra on attack from the fullback position, while Ben Te'o has been tasked with bringing down the big Mathieu Bastareaud. Lock Maro Itoje has all the skills you want in a modern-day lock, while Jamie George is a much better all-round hooker than regular captain Dylan Hartley.

Head to head: France will rely heavily on Mathieu Bastareaud bashing through the midfield and that is why Ben Te'o and Owen Farrell will probably have a few headaches at the end of the game. Francois Trinh-Duc is a match winner and he is a little bit more unpredictable than his opposite number George Ford. France have a big second row in the form of Sebastien Vahaamahina and Paul Gabrillagues and they should pose a big challenge to the likes of Maro Itoje and Joe Launchbury.

Recent results:
2017: England won 19-16, London
2016: England won 31-21, Paris
2015: France won 25-20, Paris
2015: England won 19-14, London
2015: England won 55-35, London
2014: France won 26-24, Paris
2013: England won 23-13, London
2012: England won 24-22, Paris
2011: France won 19-12, Auckland (WC Pool match)
2011: England won 17-9, London

Prediction: There is a lot of pressure on England to win this game and stay in the race for the title. However, it is a home game for France and they have had a lot of criticism levelled against them in the last few months. It is going to be wet in Paris and it will be an arm-wrestle. We would like the French to win it, but England will take it by seven points or less.

Teams:

France: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Benjamin Fall, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Remy Grosso, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Yacouba Camara, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Paul Gabrillagues, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhelm Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Replacements: 16 Adrien Pelisse, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Kelian Galletier, 21 Baptiste Couilloud, 22 Lionel Beauxis, 23 Gael Fickou.

England: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Jonny May, 13 Ben Te'o, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Chris Robshaw, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Maro Itoje, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 James Haskell, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Jonathan Joseph, 23 Mike Brown.

Date: Saturday, March 10
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off: 17.45 (16.45 GMT; 16.45 UK & Ireland Time)
Expected: Rain and a thunderstorm is expected in Paris tomorrow. A high of 17°C and a low of 10°C is expected. It will be a bit breezy as well.
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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England lose again, Ireland win Six Nations

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 16:00

SIX NATIONS REPORT: Ireland were crowned the 2018 Six Nations champions after England went down 16-22 to France in Paris on Saturday.

England went into the game knowing that only a bonus-point victory would prevent the Irish, with four wins from four after an earlier 28-8 triumph over Scotland, winning the championship.

But Eddie Jones' team didn't play like a side needing to score four tries to force a championship decider in a Twickenham head-to-head next week.

There was a distinct lack of English penetration under a stifling French defence, the much-hyped George Ford-Owen Farrell axis was ineffectual and there were a myriad of mistakes in key areas.

A tight opening half was a nervy affair littered with infringements, be they by France at the scrum or England at the breakdown.

The French defence was solid, with giant centre Mathieu Bastareaud a real handful in the loose, and England's blunt-looking attack was unable to stretch the home side wide.

Owen Farrell opened the scoring with a 38-metre penalty after Rabah Slimani was pinged by South African referee Jaco Peyper for collapsing a scrum.

Peyper was, unfortunately, to have a busy afternoon with the whistle, with England three times penalised for holding on at the ruck in quick succession to set a bad precedent for the rest of the match.

France also lost their first three line-outs as both sides struggled for any kind of ascendancy.

Slimani was having a rough time at the scrum and when he was again penalised for collapsing, Elliot Daly kicked over a monster 52-metre penalty.

Maxime Machenaud eventually got France on the scoreboard with a 25th minute penalty, but Farrell responded almost immediately.

Maro Itoje's high challenge on Benjamin Fall gifted Machenaud a second penalty, and the Racing 92 scrumhalf made no mistake with his third after Chris Robshaw wandered badly offside to sum up an extremely frustrating first 40 minutes for both sides.

France received a massive boost early in the second period when Peyper awarded a penalty try after Anthony Watson was judged to have gone high on Fall - and denying the wing a try-scoring opportunity.

The French were suddenly on the front foot, Remy Grosso breaking down his left wing. The ball was quickly recycled, but Marco Tauleigne and Guilhem Guirado couldn't make the extra numbers count.

Machenaud booted his fourth penalty going into the final quarter, a raft of replacements boosting France's momentum.

England winger Jonny May crossed for a consolation try after a lovely lay-off by Daly, Farrell converting, in a glimpse of what England had gone into the game needing to produce over the full 80 minutes.

France had the last word in a frantic final five minutes, however, replacement Lionel Beauxis kicking a penalty to ensure Irish eyes were smiling.

Man of the match: It was a memorable and a much-needed scalp for the French and we felt the whole team deserves to share this award.

The scorers:

For France:
Try: Penalty Try
Pens: Machenaud 4, Beauxis

For England: 
Try: May
Con: Farrell
Pens: Farrell 2, Daly 

Teams:

France: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Benjamin Fall, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Remy Grosso, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Yacouba Camara, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Paul Gabrillagues, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhelm Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Replacements: 16 Adrien Pelisse, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Kelian Galletier, 21 Baptiste Couilloud, 22 Lionel Beauxis, 23 Gael Fickou.

England: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Jonny May, 13 Ben Te'o, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Chris Robshaw, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Maro Itoje, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 James Haskell, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Jonathan Joseph, 23 Mike Brown.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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TRIES
Jonny May (73min)
 
CONVERSIONS
Owen Farrell (74min)
Maxime Machenaud (24min), Maxime Machenaud (32min), Maxime Machenaud (36min), Maxime Machenaud (62min), and Lionel Beauxis (77min)
PENALTIES
Owen Farrell (3min), Elliot Daly (21min), and Owen Farrell (28min)
48min
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Stade de France
REFEREE Jaco Peyper