Get ready for an afternoon of magnifique action, with two of rugby’s fiercest foes scrumming down in a must-watch match
England v France, Sunday 10 February, 2.15pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113)
There are rivalries, and then there are rivalries. As the 2019 Six Nations continues this weekend, historic adversaries England and France headline the action with an unmissable clash at Twickenham, live on ITV.
In England, you have a team that’s desperate to banish the memories of last year’s disastrous campaign. A fifth-placed finish was hugely embarrassing for coach Eddie Jones and his players, and they won’t need reminding about how the French team played a key role in their catastrophic downfall.
It was a miserable day for England in more ways than one when they lost 22-16 to Les Bleus in Paris 12 months ago. Not only did the result come on the back of a calamitous loss to Scotland, it also confirmed Ireland as champions. Sacré bleu!
But while revenge will be on the minds of the Red Rose at Twickers, they’ll also be fully focused on securing a vital win against a French side that is as mind-bogglingly erratic as ever.
Despite possessing the talent, technique and temerity needed to push any side to the limit, France remain an enigma on the world stage. But this is precisely what makes them so utterly compelling to watch. Sport is at its best when it’s unpredictable, and Jacques Brunel’s team are the capricious kings of entertainment.
So who’s it going to be? Can England avenge last year’s loss, or are France ready to prove that they’re on the rise once again? Before the action kicks off live on ITV, find out more about this fascinating rivalry with our tale of the tape below.
This weekend’s live Six Nations fixtures on Virgin TV
Scotland v Ireland
Saturday 9 February, 1.45pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
Italy v Wales
Saturday 9 February, 4pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113)
England v France
Sunday 10 February, 2.15pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113)
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