Women’s Six Nations: England v France
Venue: Castle Park, Doncaster Date: Sunday, 10 February Kick-off: 12:45 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live Sport Online and Extra; text updates about the BBC Sport website and Program.

England’s match against France on Sunday was called a Women’s Six Nations decider by most, and with good reason.

France are the Grand Slam holders, but the hosts sit in the world rankings in the moment.

England and France’s fame was evident in round one, if the Red Roses conquer Ireland 51-7 and France defeated Wales 52-3.

“We get ready every game as if we’re preparing to get a World Cup final,” said France captain Gaelle Hermet.

That phrase could be invisibly in sport, but once only one point separated both sides in last year’s rival , Hermet and also Les Bleues may possibly have the perfect idea.

Professionals v Part Timers

Twentyfour France players received contracts meaning they have to balance with work or studies – the side has shop urges and police officials, educators .

The full time contracts awarded to 28 England players at January have placed a target on the side, but forward Poppy Cleall emphasised their iuence on the team’s togetherness.

“There is certainly a stronger bond within the category,” she said. “That helps when you’re playing with a team sport so when there’s some spot in it and you need one big play”

France’s fanatical followers

France pulled against England from Grenoble, and because of his or her first victory against New Zealand since 1991.

Poppy Cleall passes the ball

The coict at the Start

Just as from the match of the men, the French bunch is something.

That really is bad news for England, whose only weakness against Ireland in round was the scrum.

Marlie Packer’s injury has driven head trainer Simon Middleton to create in the less experienced Poppy Leitch, with Cleall moving from lock into the back row.

“France are extremely powerful at the start,” added Cleall, who’s played prop, lock and flanker for England.

“We have looked at that but we’ve also looked at ourselves to see what we could perform.

“I am used to moving to wherever the trainer needs me. I am excited to play back row because that’s my preferred position.”

France females’s motto is excellent for a negative hoping that love of this match may help them overcome financial restraints.

Hermet claims the phrase’humbles et affamees’ – which translates as’humble and hungry’ – is the team’s”identity”.

With this little to split up the two sides, perhaps victory – and this season’s Women’s Six Nations title – will be decided by who would like it all.


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