Six Nations 2020: Pick your England team to play France

Anthony Watson

With Eddie Jones set to name his team to face France on Friday, here is your opportunity to play England selector.

Use the polls below to select your starting lineup, and we’ll see if a consensus emerges.

Front row

I suspect we’ll see a fairly settled selection in the front row, and the bench spots might be the most interesting feature on the team news on Friday. Make sure you pick one Loosehead and one Tighthead Prop.

Props (pick two)

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Hooker

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Second row

There is plenty of depth in the second row, and we might find one or two of these players featuring in the back row over the course of the tournament, but I’ve only listed them here.

Second row (Pick two)

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Back row

There is significantly less depth here, particularly to fill Billy Vunipola’s boots.

Back row (pick three)

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Scrum-half

I was tempted to add AN Other to this poll…

Scrum-half

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Fly-half and centres

It gets slightly complicated here, because I’ve added Owen Farrell to both this poll and the centres poll, but I think you’re up to it. Think about your ideal midfield as a whole, and don’t pick Farrell in both please.

Fly-half

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Centre (pick two)

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Back three

Again the options are fairly limited here, and the actual positions are open to debate too, so feel free to add a comment if you need to clarify.

Back three

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12 thoughts on “Six Nations 2020: Pick your England team to play France

  1. According to Ed, we are going to launch a blitzkrieg on the tyros of France, the theory being that they have so many youngsters who won’t know how to cope with the intensity and ferocity of our play.
    One tiny caveat: Our experienced players can sometimes become the most disorganised and naive rabble if the game plan goes bosoms up!

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  2. Article asked us to pick ‘yr’ (my) team, but presumably like most, I picked EJ’s likely team. MV, Geo, Sinckler, Itoje, Kruis, Underhill, Curry, Ludlam, Youngs, Ford, May, Farrell, Tui, Daly, Watson. Personally, I’d have had De Voto & Daly in the centres, Thorley at wing. Also had another 1/2back altogether. Spencer?

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  3. Just watched 2018 England v NZ Twickenham highlights again following Times articles by Owen Slot. Slot featured Franco Smith, Italy’s interim head coach & Tony Brown, Japan’s 2IC, whom both opined about ‘Blitzkreig’ (R1) type rugby. Seemed to me that this style, England’s favoured one, almost worked v NZ in 2018 whereby the pack, with quick ball, effectively ran it up the guts for tracts of that game. Drew defence in, created space out wide. Works better when on the front foot of course, not so well when possession, territory more even? My take is Smith & Brown intimated that, whereas teams like England prefer the set piece, kicking for territory & strong defence, they themselves favour quick ball to run it wide with accurate, inventive rugby, which also stretches & tires the opposition. Smith further stated that the set piece & defence were easier to coach than the more complex attack, so the latter was 3rd down the list receiving less attention. He aims to reverse this process & whose results were evidenced in the last WC by Tier 2 Japan’s defeat of both Ireland & Scotland in their pool group. Interesting philosophy. I wonder if Jones will have any truck with this reversal of process in the 6N? Mmm. IMO, in order for England to grow their game, adding to their attack would certainly imporve and benefit the team. Picking the right people in the right positions and roles might also help them.

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    1. EJ’s pick of a new attack coach would suggest he is looking at the attack. Wisemantel seemed ok but didn’t light things up (then again he only had about 12 months and in today’s game at the top level I guess a player is expected to fly within the same period)!

      1. If Jones keeps out of it. Gives Amor complete attack control it might be interesting, not to mention fruitful. However, I don’t quite see this in Ed’s make up. I could be wrong, but will Daly be at 13? Probably 15, or 14 depending on whether he’ll risk chucking a rookie wing into the Cockerel’s den.

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        1. I dropped Daley from my 15 in response to the ‘select a 15’ article attached to this and went with Furlong (because he was the only other choice 15) Personally I’m a Kiwi fan as you know Don and would have Jason W.
          No Daley for me at 13 either! Tuilagi and Devoto for me and at #8 Ted Hill.
          EJ as you infer needs to be more aggressive with his changes and future choices otherwise he’ll find himself behind the development curve for 2023 AGAIN.
          Also dropped Youngs who I wouldn’t play again – a handshake and a thank you for his services to rugby.

  4. I think Launchbury and LCD are out of contention.

    I’d like to see Itoje and Launchbury given some games together, particularly if Kruis is off abroad soon.

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