LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Six Nations

Thumb_france-ed France

26

Thumb_england-ed England

24
Kick-off local time : Sat, 01 February 2014 - 18h00
Kick-off : Sat, 01 February 2014 - 19h00
Venue : Stade de France
Referee : Nigel Owens (Wales)
Match status : Result
  France England
Tries Yoann Huget (1min) and Yoann Huget (19min) Mike Brown (37min) and Luther Burrell (48min)
Penalties Maxime Machenaud (70min)
Conversions Maxime Machenaud (78min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

81

France steal a thriller in Paris! France win Le Crunch in dramatic fashion! Thanks for joining us and join us again for tomorrow's Test in Dublin. Until then, its goodbye!

80

It's a solid French scrum and the hosts kick the ball into touch. That's FULL-TIME!

79

England attack with desperation but they knock-on!

78

Machenaud kicks the CONVERSION!

77

Nyanga breaks free and powers on until he's eventually brought down. France take it through the hands to Fickou, who steps his man and scores a dramatic TRY under the posts!

75

France are caught behind the gainline and Vunipola comes away with the ball. England recycle quickly but it's accidental offside by the visitors.

73

England look dangerous as they charge into the French 22. The hosts are caught offside and with Farrell receiving attention, Goode steps up and kicks the PENALTY!

70

It's a massive scrum by France, who've dominated the set-piece. Machenaud bangs over the PENALTY and it's a two-point game!

68

It's a double knock, the first by England as they tried to snatch the ball, so France will feed the scrum just outside the 22.

66

Nowell knocks on as England continue to run at the French, who get a scrum penalty and get out of their half.

64

France continue to kick and it's a good touchfinder but England breakaway. Huget has to cover and run the ball into touch 5m from the line but Youngs doesn't find his man and France escape.

61

Farrell sells the dummy and looks for support but the opportunity is lost as Nyanga spills the pill.

57

Plisson spills an up-and-under and England storm into the 22, where Care pops over a DROP-GOAL!

54

Farrell changes things up after some good phase play with a good touchfinder inside the French 22. Szarzewski breaks away from the line-out but is tackled into touch

51

France oh so nearly hit back on a breakaway and then it's Care who grubbers ahead and tries to collect only to knock-on.

49

Vunipola breaks clean through and finds a flying Burrell who dives over for the TRY under the posts. Farrell adds the easy CONVERSION to put England in the lead!

46

Burban wins a crucial penalty on the deck to halt England's momentum. The hosts drive it up from the line-out but it's England who come away with the scrum.

43

England continue where they left off in the second quarter of the first half with wave after wave of attacking surges. Care looks to have scored from close quarters but the TMO says he's just short. England had the advantage though and Farrell nails the PENALTY!

41

Eight points separate the sides as Farrell starts the second half! Who wants it more? We'll find out in the next 40 minutes...

40

It's all England now but the French defence holds. Farrell goes for a drop-goal but it's away to the right. That's HALF-TIME! France lead 16-8 after a pulsating 40 minutes!

37

Care takes a quick tap as France are blown up on the deck. It goes wide quickly for Brown who does brilliantly to beat four French defenders and score his first Test TRY! The conversion is wide but England are back in it.

34

England power to within 5m of the French line only for Bastereaud to snatch the ball and the hosts to clear.

32

England manage to clear under pressure but Nyanga makes a great break. He looks to link up but his pass is snapped up the English.

30

France get scrappy line-out ball but they do well to cross the gainline. Picamoles sets on down the left and flicks the ball in field. It's chipped ahead but it goes into touch a metre from the England line.

28

A knock-on by Doussain gifts England a good opportunity in the middle of the field just outside the French 22. However, France win a scrum penalty so the danger is averted.

26

Goode looks to make amends with a strong run but he knocks on in contact as he attempt to make the final pass.

24

France reverse the momentum and win a penalty with spirited defence but Doussain's line kick is a poor one, which ends up being dotted down for a 22m restart.

22

England are pinged at scrum time and Doussain extends the lead with a PENALTY goal!

21

France attack through a bomb by Plisson. The chase is excellent and results in Goode spilling the ball.

20

Tempers flare after Wood makes a big hit on Plisson, who slipped. The captains get a talking to but no penalty is given as the French crowd start signing.

19

Huget gets his second TRY from a turnover; Goode and Nowell failing to field a Doussain chip and Huget simply scooping up the ball to score. The conversion is wide but France lead by 10.

16

England make inroads with a driving maul and now Farrell tries a crosskick. The man is taken in the air, though, so France can take their time to clear.

14

England get a turnover and have numbers out wide but Twelvetrees kicks; it's a poor decision that allows an outnumbered Huget to collect and clear.

13

Care has to save the day after France hacked through an English knock-on. France regain possession and chip into space and this time Goode has to clean up.

11

France set a driving maul from a poor Farrell touchfinder and England are blown up. Doussain this time slots the PENALTY!

8

Plisson kicks crossfield for Medard who nearly scores. Fofana goes for the corner but he's taken into touch by desperate scrambling defence.

6

PENALTY! England look to hit back straight away, stringing together 13 phases and earning a penalty. Farrell ensures England get reward for their early endeavour.

2

France get off to a flyer from an England mistake. The visitors knock-on from the kick-on, Plisson chips to Huget who collects and dives over in the corner - TRY time! Doussain can't add the extras but it's a great start for France.

0

Following stirring renditions of the anthems, Plisson gets the game underway!

-5

It’s expected to be a forwards-driven arm-wrestle and as such, France have gone with a six-two split bench. Plisson has been handed his French debut at No.10 and much will come down to how he handles the step up to Test rugby. We’re moments away from kick-off.

-10

With all the pressure being on France, England have everything to gain and little to lose. Should Lancaster’s charges’ beat the French away from home, they’ll be in the pound seats as they are set to play host to Ireland and Wales in rounds three and four.

-20

Which France team will turn up? The old cliche remains at the forefront ahead of Les Bleus’ Six Nations opener. In what mental state will they be after last year’s nightmare campaign and how will they handle the pressure and weight of expectation at the Stade de France.

-30

Welcome as we start our build up to the match of the weekend - the Six Nations blockbuster between France and England in Paris.
France
Players
15 Brice Dulin
14 Yoann Huget
13 Mathieu Bastareaud
12 Wesley Fofana
11 Hugo Bonneval
10 Remi Tales
9 Maxime Machenaud
8 Damien Chouly
7 Fulgence Ouedraogo
6 Thierry Dusautoir
5 Yoann Maestri
4 Alexandre Flanquart
3 Rabah Slimani
2 Guilhem Guirado
1 Alexandre Menini

Substitutes
23 Remi Lamerat
22 Frederic Michalak
21 Yannick Nyanga
20 Louis Picamoles
19 Bernard le Roux
18 Thomas Domingo
17 Vincent Debaty
16 Christopher Tolofua
England
Players
15 Mike Brown
14 Chris Ashton
13 Manu Tuilagi
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Marland Yarde
10 Freddie Burns
9 Ben Youngs
8 Billy Vunipola
7 Chris Robshaw
6 Tom Wood
5 Joe Launchbury
4 Courtney Lawes
3 David Wilson
2 Dylan Hartley
1 Joe Marler

Substitutes
23 Luther Burrell
22 Danny Cipriani
21 Lee Dickson
20 Ben Morgan
19 Dave Attwood
18 Kieran Brookes
17 Matt Mullan
16 Rob Webber