Six Nations: England v France
Venue: Twickenham Date: Sunday, 10 February Kickoff: 15:00 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live Sport extra and online; text Upgrades and over the BBC Sport website and app; Television on BBC 2 at 18:00 GMT.

Ireland trainer said England had”the physiological border” in a week’s victory in Dublin and Vunipola has demanded a similarly prominent display.

“As a package we must confront the task of their big carriers,” he said.

“If you give them a leg up, then France are very extremely dangerous”

He added:”They are gigantic blokes of course if you let them have momentum they’re tough to avoid “

France won the teams’ meeting in Paris last season 22-16, but have not won at Twickenham since Dimitri Yachvili’s boot made them a slim win in 2005.

Coach Jacques Brunel has attracted in Mathieu Bastareaud in order to add muscle to his eponymous following a second half collapse saw France surrender a 16-point halftime cause defeat by Wales at the opening round of matches.

There have also been changes in the bunch and Vunipola believes that the debut of 20-year-old Demba Bamba, combined with Felix Lambey and Yacouba Camara (both 24), will make the French of a hazard with ball at hand.

“It’s probably added more to them than simply just taking away any one of their own strengths,” he said.

“They are probably somewhat more athletic with Yacouba Camara at six and Demba Bamba has some good footwork at tighthead prop. He is a big, big human being”

Vunipola included that there is not any threat of England resting on their laurels as soon as they mad the bookmakers’ odds to beat the Six Nations champions away from home.

“the process is usually always to function better. We have talked all week about being better,” Vunipola said.

“We’ve leaders and coaches that aren’t happy having goals that aren’t the exact same or similar. You would like to push forwards and see whether we are able to improve”

France trainer Brunel believes England are back with their best this past year, after losing six consecutive matches.

The former Italy coach commended for tapping in to the English game’s advantages counterpart .

“They remained true to themselves last year. That they had a stretch which lasted 4 to three weeks but ever since then they’ve been superb.

“England always impose their power. Since the game against Ireland revealed they are back with their own best.

“They commanded Ireland by putting constant pressure to them. In my eyes, it was a very English display”


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