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England v France
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- 4:15pm ~ 7:00pm
Week 11 2023 : Sat 11 Mar - Fri 17 Mar
- Sat 04 Mar 2023
England v France
After a painful defeat to Scotland in the Calcutta Cup, England have bounced back with wins against Italy and Wales, but now face a real test at Twickenham against the defending champions France. Steve Borthwick's side are far from the finished product, but there are encouraging signs, with Freddie Steward rock solid at full back, Ollie Lawrence making huge strides at centre and the old guard front row partnership of Ellis Genge, Jamie George and Kyle Sinckler on fine form.
After sweeping all before them last year France have failed to hit those heights this campaign with a narrow win in Rome against Italy, followed by defeat to Ireland in Dublin and then a rather nervy victory over Scotland in Paris. With a home World Cup on the horizon this autumn, Fabien Galthie will be hoping his side can start to click, but with skipper Antoine Dupont calling the shots at scrum half, Gael Fickou a menacing presence in the centre and supreme finisher Damian Penaud on the wing, they are certainly not lacking in talent.
Mark Pougatch is joined by Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Clive Woodward and former French international Benjamin Kayser, with pitchside inserts from Martin Bayfield and Maggie Alphonsi and commentary from Nick Mullins, Lawrence Dallaglio and Ben Kay.
A star-studded line-up of on-screen talent and key matches feature in ITV’s live coverage of the Guinness Six Nations Championship 2023, kicking off with the Calcutta Cup between England and Scotland at Twickenham.
Kicking off a massive year of rugby union on ITV - with the Rugby World Cup to be exclusively screened on ITV1 and ITVX in the Autumn - the channel will show ten live matches throughout the six weeks of the Six Nations.
They include mouth-watering clashes including the tournament finale Ireland v England at the Aviva Stadium, England v France on March 11, and a clash of the pre-championship favourites Ireland v France on Feb 11.
This year's tournament marks the latest in a deal between ITV and the BBC that sees Six Nations matches shared between both broadcasters on television and online with ITV's matches aired on ITV1, ITVX, STV and STV Player.
Leading ITV’s team will be presenters Mark Pougatch and Jill Douglas, joined by Jonny Wilkinson and Lawrence Dallaglio, members of England’s victorious Rugby World Cup 2003 team, along with their coach Sir Clive Woodward, England Women World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi, former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll, fellow former Irish skipper Rory Best, former Wales captain Gareth Thomas, Welsh legend Jamie Roberts, former Scotland and Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan, former Scottish international Jim Hamilton, Australia's most-capped player George Gregan, and former French forward Benjamin Kayser.
Martin Bayfield will combine presenting duties with his role as reporter, alongside reporter Gabriel Clarke. Joining them with a wealth of experience in the commentary box will be Nick Mullins and Miles Harrison, plus co-commentators Shane Williams, Gordon D’Arcy, Ben Kay, Scott Hastings, David Flatman and Danielle Waterman.
Every match will be simulcast live on ITVX, and our responsively designed Six Nations site – itv.com/six-nations – will help bring the tournament to life with all the latest news and highlights of all games.
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