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.
Both sides will name their teams on Friday.
Experienced prop Joe Marler is back along with Bath lock Charlie Ewels and Saracens’ Max Malins, while Harlequins centre Joe Marchant has also been involved with the hosts missing Jonathan Joseph due to a calf problem.
Wasps hooker Alfie Barbeary has been released back to his club after a maiden senior call-up, along with the likes of Ollie Thorley, Harry Williams, Alex Mitchell, Joe Cokanasiga and Jacob Umaga.
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.
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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