Tip France - England
England look to build on their run to the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. They begin their Six Nations campaign with a trip over the channel to France and are the favourites to come home with a win. They won't need to remind the hosts that the last meeting between these two sides ended in a crushing 44-8 win for England. However, their last trip to Paris saw them lose 22-16 in 2018. England are without Billy Vunipola and Anthony Watson for this game. They will be giving a first cap to full-back George Furbank and tight-head Will Stuart.
France have two uncapped players in their team for this match. In come Anthobny Bouthier and Mohamed Haouas, who both play for Montpellier. Also new for this game is their coach with Fabien Galthie now in charge. There are aother two uncapped players on the bench and flanker Charles Ollivon is their new captain. Lots of changes then but it's unlikely to see them get into title contention. France haven't won the Six Nations now for ten years and are clearly building for the future. This wont be easy for England but they should be able to get the win here.
Key points France - England
England have won four of their last five matches against France.
The French are in a transitional period under their new coach.
England reached the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and will look to build on that performance.
Conclusion France - England
England reached the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, while France exited at the quarter final stage. The home side have a new coach and captain and are going through a transitional phase as they bid to regain past glories. England have won four of their last five games against the French and although it won't be as easy as last year, they can win this match.
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France England Prediction published on January 31, 2020