England vs France LIVE! Six Nations 2023 match stream, latest score and rugby updates today
The Six Nations action returns to London this afternoon with the latest edition of ‘Le Crunch’. Steve Borthwick’s hosts are aiming for a hat-trick of consecutive wins to further boost confidence after Italy and Wales were seen off to banish memories of a tough opening defeat by Scotland. But while those wins were achieved in physical fashion, today England have attack on their minds.
Marcus Smith has been selected ahead of Owen Farrell at fly-half to that end, with the captain dropped to the bench by his country for the first time since the 2015 World Cup. One of his vice-skippers, prop Ellis Genge, will lead the team instead. It’s a bold decision from Borthwick but one he hopes will pay off handsomely as England look to follow Scotland’s blueprint and play France at their own game with quick, up-tempo rugby.
Les Bleus remain one of the best sides on the planet, though they’ve flattered to deceive at times during their defence of a first Grand Slam title since 2010 and are without a Six Nations win on this ground since way back in 2005. Follow England vs France live below, with expert analysis from Nick Purewal at Twickenham!
England vs France latest news
Kick-off time: 4.45pm GMT, TwickenhamHow to watch: ITVEngland line-up as Smith picked over FarrellFrance line-up as Danty drafted into centresPrediction: England to edge close contest
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How England line up against France
England XV: Steward; Malins, Slade, Lawrence, Watson; Smith, Van Poortvliet; Genge (c), George, Sinckler; Itoje, Chessum; Ludlam, Willis, Dombrandt.
Replacements: Walker, M Vunipola, Cole, Ribbans, B Curry, Mitchell, Farrell, Arundell.
How to watch England vs France
TV channel: In the UK, England vs France is being broadcast live on ITV, with coverage beginning at 4:15pm.
Live stream: Fans can also catch the action as it happens live online via the ITVX app or ITV website.
England vs France
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England take on France in the fourth game of their Six Nations campaigns this afternoon with kick-off at 4.45pm GMT from Twickenham.
It promises to be a fascinating match-up between Steve Borthwick’s squad, still finding their feet after a dismal period under Eddie Jones, and a France side rated as tournament favourites by many.
Keep it with Standard Sport for all the build-up, match action and reaction!