Six Nations: England vs France Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
England vs France | Saturday 21 March, 2015 | Twickenham | 17.00
With England, Ireland and Wales all still in with a good chance of claiming this year’s title, it could come down to the wire as England take on France in the final game of the Six Nations 2015.
Victory for England in the Calcutta Cup on Saturday put England back in the running for the title as Wales beat Ireland in Cardiff.
England tops the table on points difference, followed closely by Ireland than Wales, all on 6 points in total heading into the final weekend.
France stand virtually no chance of taking the title for themselves, but will put up a good fight against England at Twickenham. Coach Phillipe Saint-Andre has announced that Jules Plisson will be making his first Six Nations start to replace injured first-choice No.10 Camille Lopez.
Plisson started for France for the first time last year, appearing in Les Bleus’ 26-24 win over England. Despite sustaining a broken nose in Rome, the 23-year-old impressed after coming off the bench in last week’s victory over Italy and gets his chance to start at Twickenham.
“He’s got a broken nose but he’s determined to play,” Saint-Andre said. “He’s OK for Saturday.
“We know Jules’ qualities, this year he has grown in confidence and maturity.
“He was worked a lot on his physique and the particular instructions we gave him. On Sunday everything he did, he did well.”
France will also be replacing Eddy Ben Arous with Vincent Debaty after the former suffered an arm injury last time out.
Stuart Lancaster has made just one change to his line-up, dropping Dave Attwood for Geoff Parling as lock. Nick Easter has found himself recalled to the bench to provide cover as England aim to achieve their first Six Nations championship since 2011.
“Geoff did well off the bench against Scotland and now that he has got some games under his belt we feel it is the right time to start him and use his experience and quality in the starting line-up,” Lancaster said.
“The same goes for Nick Easter, who has really impressed in camp and in his appearance off the bench.
“Nick is a quality ball carrier and great defender – things we feel we’ll need in the latter stages of the game.”
Six Nations: England vs France Betting Tips
Although the French are capable of pulling something out of the bag, Lancaster’s squad is far more impressive and should dominate the game.
With 2015 a big year for English rugby, we could see the home side pull out all of the stops to secure the championship.
We’ll be backing England to beat France by 26-30 points, priced at 14/1 with Betfred.