France v England - Match 3 Six Nations 2020 - Game details

Eddie Jones will be hoping for a winning start to the tournament
Eddie Jones will be hoping for a winning start to the tournament

England will be looking to put the disappointment of losing the World Cup final to the Springboks behind as they kick-start the 2020 Six Nations with a clash against France in Paris on Sunday.

Jones has named a 25-man squad on Thursday with Anthony Watson missing out due to injury but uncapped duo Ollie Thorley and George Furbank have made the cut while Luke Cowan-Dickie, who left the camp due to personal reasons is expected to link up with the squad in Paris. Even though the red rose team will miss the services of Billy Vunipola due to injury while Mark Wilson, Dan Cole and Ben Spencer have also been omitted, Jones will be keen to get off to a winning start in the tournament.

France had appointed Fabien Galthie as their new head coach and will have Charles Ollivon leading them. Uncapped Montpellier duo Anthony Bouthier and Mohamed Haouas are named at fullback and tighthead prop respectively while Romain Ntamack is slotted at fly-half. The bench has also two uncapped back-rowers in Cameron Woki and Boris Palu.

Game details:

Date and Time: 2nd February, 03:00pm local

Venue: Stade de France, Paris

Broadcasters: BBC Sport, france.2, Virgin Media, DMax, NBC Sports

Recent Performances: England had a terrific Rugby World Cup after finishing group stage unbeaten and went on to beat Australia and New Zealand in the quarter-final and semi-final but suffered a 12-32 defeat to South Africa in the final that evaded them a second title.

France like England had impressive group stage but were edged out by Wales 20-19 in a controversial quarter-final game.

Head to Head Record: Both the teams have faced each other 105 times with England winning 58 and France clinching 40 victories while seven finished in draw.

Squad details:


Starting Line-up: 15 Anthony Bouthier, 14. Teddy Thomas, 13. Virimi Vakatawa, 12. Gael Fickou, 11. Damian Penaud, 10. Romain Ntamack, 9. Anthony Dupont, 1. Cyril Baille, 2. Julien Marchand, 3. Mohamed Haouas, 4. Bernard Le Roux, 5. Paul Willemse, 6. Francois Cros, 7. Charles Ollivon (captain), 8. Gregory Alldritt.

Reserves: 16. Peato Mauvaka, 17. Jefferson Poirot, 18. Demba Bamba, 19. Boris Palu, 20. Cameron Woki, 21. Baptiste Serin, 22. Matthieu Jalibert, 23. Vincent Rattez

England 25-man squad:

Forwards: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill, Mako Vunipola.

Backs: Elliot Daly, Ollie Devoto, Owen Farrell, George Ford, George Furbank, Willi Heinz, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Ollie Thorley, Manu Tuilagi, Ben Youngs.


"The training sessions have confirmed his potential," said France head coach Anthony Galthie on Anthony Bouthier.

“It is going to test those young players because they will have never played against a brutal physicality and intensity that we are going to play with on Sunday,” England coach Eddie Jones.