England vs France

France v England, Six Nations 2020 Live Stream

England vs France: Rugby World Cup runners-up England begin their 2020 Six Nations with a tough trip away at the Stade de France. It’s all set to be a cracking opening weekend match and you can watch all the action as it happens with our France vs England live stream guide.

The Six Nations is always full of epic clashes, but France versus England is usually one of the most thrilling.

Between the fact that there has never been much love lost between the two nations and that they usually stand as two of the best international sides in rugby, this fixture often provides the ideal mixture of bloody passion and technical excellence.

This year, the game known as ‘Le Crunch’ will take place at the very beginning of the championship.

Here’s everything you need to know about what could prove to be a vital match-up in this year’s Six Nations.

Fabien Galthie will be looking to prove that the kids are alright at this year’s Six Nations. Picture: Yann Coatsaliou/AFP via Getty Images

Key Details
Kick-off: 3pm on Sunday 2 February 2020

TV: BBC coverage begins at 1.55pm

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Odds: France 7-5, England 8-13

Team news
England head coach Eddie Jones named his England team to face France on Friday. Northampton full-back George Furbank gets a start following news of Anthony Watson’s withdrawal with a bad calf, while Joe Marler starts ahead of the injured Mako Vunipola at prop and Charlie Ewels is selected in the second-row ahead of George Kruis.

Fabien Galthié announced his side on Thursday. The youthful selection sees Montpellier duo Anthony Bouthier and Mohamed Haouas making their international debuts.

Coach Fabien Galthié named a total of 19 uncapped players in his Six Nations squad, as he aims to begin building a brighter future for the French game.

However, Damian Penaud withdrew from the matchday squad for France on Saturday, meaning Vincent Rattez replaces the wing while Arthur Vincent occupies his space on the bench.

Read more: England team vs France in Six Nations 2020: The starting line-up and replacements – in full

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At last year’s tournament, the teams played at Twickenham in the second round, where France were duly thumped 44-8, with Jonny May scoring a 30-minute hat-trick.

With the home advantage this time around, France will be looking to exact some revenge upon their rivals, especially given they have won six of their 10 home games against England in the Six Nations.

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