They will now be huge favourites to win the first edition of a makeshift competition that has attracted criticism for a lack of fireworks, with France missing so many of their key men.
Due to an agreement with Top 14 clubs that no player would play in more than three Tests this autumn, head coach Fabien Galthie’s 31-man squad named earlier this week contained just 121 caps in total.
With London placed in Tier 2 of the Government’s new regionalised system of coronavirus restrictions following the end of the second national lockdown, England will welcome back 2,000 lucky supporters for Sunday’s encounter.
Date, kick-off time and venue
England vs France is scheduled for a 2pm GMT kick-off on Sunday, December 6, 2020.
The match will be played in front of 2,000 returning fans at Twickenham.
TV channel and live stream: Fans can watch the game on Amazon Prime’s online streaming service.
You can also watch the match on mobile, Mac or PC. If you use Chromecast or Airplay, you can also convert that to a bigger screen as well.
England suffered a setback on the eve of thee game with Mako Vunipola ruled out by a calf problem, the injury sustained against Wales.
Ellis Genge is promoted from the bench into the starting XV, with Joe Marler filling the vacancy among the replacements.
As mentioned, France are massively understrength due to that agreement with Top 14 clubs, with a whole host of stars missing including highly-rated scrum-half Antoine Dupont, centres Virimi Vakatawa and Gael Fickou and captain Charles Ollivon.
England: Elliot Daly, Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Owen Farrell (captain), Jonny May, George Ford, Ben Youngs; Billy Vunipola, Sam Underhill, Tom Curry, Joe Launchbury, Maro Itoje, Kyle Sinckler, Jamie George, Ellis Genge. Reserves: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Will Stuart, Jonny Hill, Ben Earl, Dan Robson, Max Malins, Joe Marchant. Joe Marler.
France: Brice Dulin, Alivereti Raka, Jonathan Danty, Yoram Moefana, Gabin Villiere, Matthieu Jalibert, Baptiste Couilloud (captain); Selevasio Tolofua, Anthony Jelonch, Cameron Woki, Baptiste Pesenti, Killian Geraci, Dorian Aldegheri, Pierre Bourgarit, Hassane Kolingar. Reserves: Peato Mauvaka, Rodrigue Neti, Uini Atonio, Guillaume Ducat, Sekou Macalou, Sebastien Bezy, Louis Carbonel, Jean Pascal Barraque.
Betting odds and tips (subject to change)
- England win: 1/8
- France win: 8/1
- Draw: 33/1
- First tryscorer, Jonny May: 6/1
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