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Since their first clash at Parc des Princes in 1906 England and France have met on 104 occasions, and the rivalry now known as Le Crunch, continues on Sunday in the Guinness Six Nations.
Under the stewardship of head coach Eddie Jones, England have registered two wins and a loss over France, and ahead of their second round rumble, we take a look back on five famous Tests between the pair.
22 February 1969
England 22-8 France
England took full advantage of an inexperienced French side at Twickenham registering their largest winning margin against Les Bleus for 55 years, with the match ending 22-8. It was also a day to remember for Budge Rogers.
The original choice as skipper was Dick Greenwood, but he injured his eye in a freak accident playing squash on the eve of the game, so Rogers was given the captaincy on the day of his 32nd Test cap, overtaking the national record which had been set by Wavell Wakefield in the 1920s.
England held the lead from early on and were 11-5 ahead at the interval. France showed occasional glimpses of the glittering skills which 12 months earlier had brought them their first Grand Slam. But England dominated the match in the second half. A fine individual try by Keith Fielding, a bullocking run to the corner by Rodney Webb and the usual improvements provided by a trusty boot.
21 March 1981
England 12-16 France
There was a gale-force wind blowing when France won the toss and elected to make first use of it. Guy Laporte opened the scoring with a long range drop goal before a controversial decision enabled them to increase their lead.
A quick throw in on the England 22 resulted in Jean-Pierre Rives creating the space for his fellow flanker Pierre Lacans to canter over to the left of the posts for a try that Laporte converted into a 9-0 French lead.
The try stood but was awarded in error because the ball which Pierre Berbizier had used for the throw was supplied by a bystander. This contravened the law which stated that for a quick throw-in the ball that went into touch must be used, that it must be handled only by the players and that it must be thrown in correctly.
Rives was also the active agent in the move which led to France’s second try, a beauty scored by Laurent Pardo on the left wing, and Laporte’s second drop goal gave France a commanding 16-0 margin at the break. England staged a strong second-half rally, Marcus Rose chipping away at the French lead with a series of well-struck penalties but, in the end, none could deny that France deserved their third Five Nations Grand Slam.
February 23 2008
France 13-24 England
England scored two tries through Paul Sackey and Richard Wigglesworth, whilst Jonny Wilkinson notched up 14 points with the boot, to stun France in the Six Nations.
Sackey’s score came about thanks to a thunderous tackle from outside centre Jamie Noon on French fullback Cedric Heymans. The ball was spilled and Sackey duly hacked it into the goal area before pouncing and scoring.
Wilkinson’s conversion and a further penalty was answered by a converted Lionel Nallet try and an additional three points courtesy of Morgan Parra. But a late Wigglesworth score sealed the win in a game where Wilkinson became the all-time leading drop goal scorer in Test match rugby, overtaking the 28 set by Argentina’s Hugo Porta.
March 11 2012
France 22-24 England
A 50 metre try from Manu Tuilagi got England off to the perfect start in Paris, and his effort was quickly followed by a Ben Foden score, giving England a 14-3 lead after just 20 minutes.
Four French penalties and one English penalty brought the home side back within two points, but a solo score from flanker Tom Croft, scything through Les Bleus' back division for what would be his final Test try, handed England the ascendancy.
A late Wesley Fofana try gave France a glimmer of hope, but a last gasp drop goal from Francois Trinh-Duc fell short, giving England a famous away win.
19 March 2016
France 21-31 England
England won their first Grand Slam in 13 years thanks to tries from Danny Care, Dan Cole and Anthony Watson. With the win they became only the third side in history to achieve the feat having played three away games.
It took just 12 minutes for Care to strike, after spotting a gap he sniped from the base of a ruck to sprint unopposed to the line, and was joined by Cole on the score sheet in the first half too - the prop barreling over from short range.
But the crucial score came on 55 minutes when wing Watson collected a fine chip through from replacement scrum half Ben Youngs after capitalising on an explosive run from No 8 Billy Vunipola.
Jones' men kept a water-tight defence throughout the entire contest, with France's points tally coming solely from the boot of Maxime Machenaud.