After a terrific victory in Dublin last weekend England are the new favourites to land the 2019 Six Nations Rugby title as they head into a Round 2 clash with France at Twickenham on Sunday.
England v France, Sunday 10th February, Twickenham, KO 17:00 (South African time)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)
Weather Forecast: Twickenham
Results: R1 Ireland 20–32 England (Tries 2-4)
Fixtures: R2 France (h), R3 Wales (a), R4 Italy (h), R5 Scotland (h)
England put a real marker down with a 32-20 win over 2018 Grand Slam winners Ireland in Dublin last week. They were ahead with a try inside 2 minutes and although pegged back in the first half they regained the lead to go into the break 17-10 in front and they never let up in the second half. The four tries to secure a bonus point were scored by May, Daly and a brace from Slade.
England now square up to France who beat them in Paris in 2018 but the last 6 head to heads at Twickenham in this tournament have all gone the way of England.
Results: R1 France 19-24 Wales (Tries 2-3)
Fixtures: R2 England (a), R3 Scotland (h), R4 Ireland (a), R5 Italy (a)
France coughed up a 16-0 half time lead in going down 24-19 to Wales in Paris in their opening match of the tournament. Tries from Picamoles and Huget had looked to give Les Bleus a match winning lead but they added just 3 points in the second half as Wales came back into it.
In the 2018 Six Nations France were competitive but defeated in visits to Scotland (32-26) and Wales (14-13) but aside from 2 victories in Italy, they haven’t won away in the Six Nations since they beat Scotland 19-17 in Edinburgh back in 2014. The last 6 Nations win for France at Twickenham came back in 2005.
England: 15. Elliot Daly, 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Manu Tuilagi, 11. Jonny May, 10. Owen Farrell (captain), 9. Ben Youngs; 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Jamie George, 3. Kyle Sinckler; 4. Courtney Lawes, 5. George Kruis; 6. Mark Wilson, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: 16. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17. Ben Moon, 18. Dan Cole, 19. Joe Launchbury, 20. Nathan Hughes, 21. Dan Robson, 22. George Ford, 23. Jack Nowell.
France: 15 Yoann Huget, 14 Damien Penaud, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Gaël Fickou, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Arthur Iturria, 6 Yacouba Camara, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Félix Lambey, 3 Demba Bamba, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Gregory Alldritt, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Romain Ntamack, 23 Thomas Ramos
6N & RWC Head to Head (any venue)
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 )
2013 6N Twickenham England 23–13 France (Tries 1-1 )
2012 6N Paris France 22–24 England (Tries 1-3 )
2011 RWC Auckland England 12-19 France (Tries 2-2) (Quarter final)
2011 6N Twickenham England 17–9 France (Tries 1-0 )
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That was a big shoe from England last week and I fancy they will follow up here, covering the main handicap line in the process.
Bets: England -12.5 points at 9/10
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