englandEngland and France will contest the final of the Autumn Nations Cup at Twickenham on Sunday and the home side are firm favourites with the bookmakers

 

 

 

England v France, Sunday 6th December, Twickenham, KO 16:00 (South African time)

 

Referee: Andrew Brace
Assistant Referees:  Frank Murphy, Craig Evans
TMO: Ben Whitehouse

 

Weather Forecast: Twickenham

 

England

 

England sealed their place in the final with a 24-12 win away to Wales last weekend, a margin of victory that was a couple of points short of the pre-match handicap.. They topped Pool A with a 100% record having earlier beaten Ireland 18-7 and Georgia 40-0 in matches played at Twickenham.

They now take aim at France, the only side to beat them in the 2020 Six Nations. France won that game 24-17 in Paris in early February but England bounced back to win the remainder of their matches, pre and post lockdown to pip France to the title.

 

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France

 

France topped Pool B which was disrupted by Fiji's non participation due to Covid which saw all their opponents awarded a 28-0 victory.

Les Bleus rung the changes but still had way too much for Italy in Paris last week where they came out on top 36-5. Prior to that a hard earned 22-15 win away to Scotland was in line with the pre-match handicap.

A solid 6 Nations campaign saw France finish as runners up to England on points difference. They will look back on a defeat (28-17) to Scotland in Edinburgh in Round 4 back in March as the definitive result in terms of them missing out on winning that tournament.

Coming into this game France are expected to be hampered by the unavailability of several top players who will be on duty with their clubs. France are seeking a first win over England at Twickenham in a competitive match since 2005.

 

Team News

 

England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Owen Farrell (c), 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Tom Curry, 5 Joe Launchbury, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola

Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Jonny Hill, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Max Malins, 23 Joe Marchant

 

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Alivereti Raka, 13 Jonathan Danty, 12 Yoram Moefana, 11 Gabin Villiere, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Baptiste Couilloud (captain), 8 Selevasio Tolofua, 7 Anthony Jelonch, 6 Cameron Woki, 5 Baptiste Pesenti, 4 Killian Geraci, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Pierre Bourgarit, 1 Hassane Kolingar.

Replacements: 16 Peato Mauvaka, 17 Rodrigue Neti, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Guillaume Ducat, 20 Sekou Macalou, 21 Sebastien Bezy, 22 Louis Carbonel, 23 Jean Pascal Barraque

 

6N & RWC Head to Head (any venue)

 

2020 6N Paris France 24–17 England (Tries 3-2)

2019 RWC England cancelled France

2019 6N Twickenham England 44–8 France (Tries 6-1 )

2018 6N Paris France 22–16 England (Tries 1-1)

2017 6N Twickenham England 19–16 France (Tries 1-1 )

2016 6N Paris France 21-31 England (Tries 0-3 )

2015 6N Twickenham England 55–35 France (Tries 7-5 )

2014 6N Paris France 26–24 England (Tries 3-2 )

 

 

The Betting – Handicap

 

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England -16.5 points at 9/10

France+16.5 points at 9/10

 

Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change.

 

Betting Angle

 

Had both sides been at full strength this would have been very interesting and there was little in the way of consensus among punters I spoke to in terms of the handicap.

 

Therefore if looks likely that the points markets will be the focus of the betting interest and bets will be posted on our weekly rugby thread on our discussion forum.

 

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