England vs France LIVE: Eddie Jones’ side looking to cap off 2020 in style as they lock horns with Les Bleus in Autumn Nations Cup final
- England face France at Twickenham in the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup final
- Eddie Jones’s side can end 2020 on a high after a much-disrupted calendar
- The showdown at Twickenham will be watched by 2,000 fans in the stands
England meet France in the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup final at Twickenham on Sunday afternoon.
It gives Eddie Jones’s side the chance to end 2020 on a high following a much-disrupted calendar, caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Sunday’s showdown, which kicks off at 2pm, will be witnessed by 2,000 fans in line with the Government’s regional tier system.
Stay right here to follow all the action as it happens with Sportsmail’s KIERAN LYNCH…
George Ford loops the ball high in the air but Elliot Daly’s chase is no good. Jalibert who is right up for this game so far can’t resist for long and tries to run it out of his own 22 before Brice Dulin clears his lines.
Foolish penalty to give away from the visitors as Baptiste Pesenti takes out Jonny May off the ball.
It’s slightly out of range for Farrell so Daly takes it instead and he converts from 45m out to close the gap.
Well that was disappointing defensively from England. The knock-on didn’t help but France cut through them very easily thanks to the brilliant pass by Jalibert. It had been a strong start for England.
It all comes from a line-up, France are lucky not to give the ball away but they’re straight on the attack.
A knock-on by England saw the visitors retain possession and a lovely pass from Jalibert to Dulin sends the full-back racing over for the first try of the game.
Jalibert then makes the conversion to make it 7-3 to France.
France making good ground on the attack but they let themselves down by coming in at the side.
England get a penalty which Slade kicks out. Woki touches Launchbury in the air at the line-out and England have another penalty.
Farrell is going for the posts again and this time it goes wide left of the post.
Penalty to England after the France scrum collapses under pressure.
And up-steps Owen Farrell who converts to give England the lead to a big cheer.
Big mistake from France from a line-out as the ball is dropped for a knock-on which leads to an England scrum in a very good position in the final 22.
France secure a line-out and set up the rolling maul, but the England defence is good, and the ball is turned over allowing England to clear.
Raka carries the ball but is hit with a thunderous challenge from Billy Vunipola which gets a big reaction from the crowd.
France kick-off and here we go!
England have a big advantage in terms of experience going into the final as this stat shows!
Will it pay off for them?
France lead the teams followed by England and there is a good atmosphere at the ground even though there are only 2,000 supporters.
The team stand for a moment’s silence to acknowledge those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and pay tribute to former France winger Christophe Dominici.
And we go into the national anthem’s.
Both sets of players have been out to warm-up ahead of the clash.
England and France have only had one defeat each in 2020 and ending the year with silverware would be huge for both sets of players.
We’re not long from kick-off.
At the start of the Autumn Nations Cup campaign, Eddie Jones outlined his plan to put smiles on faces. It has not quite gone to plan.
England may have squeezed their way through the campaign with a clean sweep of victories but, for many, the smiles have been displaced by open-mouthed snoozing.
Their tactics have split opinion, with the debate about kicking likely to rumble into 2021. But with 2,000 fans back at Twickenham today, England have the chance to finish with a flourish — as well as a trophy.
Our columnist Mike Brown spoke to his former team-mate Anthony Watson about what lies ahead against France, with Rugby Correspondent NIK SIMON listening in.
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It’s a big game for the England rugby team, so what an occasion to have fans back in the stadium.
Fans are returning to Twickenham for the first time in nine months as 2,000 fans will are able to attend the game.
The last time fans were allowed in was for the Six Nations victory over Wales back in March, that feels like a lifetime ago.
And here are the line-ups for their opponents today.
Here’s a reminder of England’s line-up for the game which kicks off at 2PM.
Good afternoon everyone, hope you are all enjoying your Sunday afternoon.
Kieran Lynch here, and I’ll be with you for the next couple of hours as England play France in the final of the Autumn Nations Cup.
Hopefully we have a cracking game in store.
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