Impossible to resist the clash between the hereditary enemies, who have fortunately traded arrows and arquebuses for an oval ball and very sharp crampons. English and French challenge each other this Saturday at Twickenham, and the winner will be able to keep a small hope of winning the Six Nations Tournament. But the Blues will try above all to finally sign a good performance, during a competition for the moment not completely mastered. This means winning in the “temple of rugby” (sorry for the cliché, but it was Fabien Galthié who repeated it again this week), which the French have not managed to do in the Tournament since 2005 and the 18 points at the foot of Dimitri Yachvili (17-18).
Since then, there has been this success in August 2007 (15-21), but it was “only” a match to prepare for the World Cup. So yes, Steve Borthwick’s men – replacements for an Eddie Jones that the players no longer supported – are no longer the terrors of yesteryear. But, to quote Galthié again, “when you name the giants of world rugby, the English are there, whether they are at their top level or in more difficult times”.
» We meet at 5:30 p.m. for a kick-off at 5:45 p.m.