England ready for 'wonderful' France threat in Six Nations

Farrell ready to give England new start against France

Farrell ready to give England new start against France

Paris - England attack coach Simon Amor said on Saturday he was prepared for the "wonderful threats" among France's three-quarters ahead of their opening game in the Six Nations this weekend.

England's new scrum coach could be seen in action in the video.

"I'm just saying how I want us to play rugby. We want to play with such a ferocious spirit that the opposition don't know where to go".

The last time these two sides met, England beat France 44-8 at Twickenham.

France were poor under Jacques Brunel, but threaten to be a different under newly-appointed Fabien Galthie, who has brought in experienced hands in ex-hooker and skipper Raphael Ibanez and Warren Gatland's former right-hand man at Wales, defence specialist Shaun Edwards.

England come into this tournament as Rugby World Cup runners-up after losing to South Africa in Japan. "To find true happiness, it is necessary to light little fires everywhere", Galthie said, by way of describing the multifaceted approach of this new team, this new regime.

France's hit-and-miss World Cup campaign showed glimpses of their potency, only for them to fall foul of familiar failings when a descending red mist in that quarter-final was quickly followed by a red card for Sebastien Vahaamahina early in the second half. Yet the backline has a familiar feel.

England skipper Owen Farrell says the lost Rugby World Cup final is well behind him as he and his team warily eye a France side "capable of unlocking a game".

Farrell ready to give England new start against France

"It has been a massively exciting week for us". France have two, the Montpellier full-back, Anthony Bouthier, more seasoned than Furbank at 27, and the tight-head prop Mohamed Haouas - rescued from a life of petty crime by rugby and renowned for punching his Montpellier team-mate Bismarck du Plessis before the start of a match - who will be scrummaging against Marler.

Flanker Charles Ollivon captains the side following Guilhem Guirado's retirement.

England - 15 George Furbank, 14 Jonny May, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (c), 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Tom Curry, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Charlie Ewels, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Joe Marler.

As the memory clicked back to those big Parc clashes of the past, it felt counter-intuitive to take too literally Jones' promise to the French of "brutal physicality".

That didn't sit well with some French people, the word carrying connotations of violence in the language of Voltaire. We saw in the World Cup final how important aggression is.

"It's going to be the same on Sunday".

"It's going to be the same on Sunday, so I apologise if it's been interpreted in the wrong way. It has been ever since I watched the game and it will be as long as I watch the game". We have the ability to play a number of ways.

"As with all French teams, they have the ability to unlock a game at any time, no matter where you are on the field, no matter the time on the clock".

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