France vs England, Six Nations LIVE

France and England face off in the Six Nations at the Stade de France

As defending champions and massive favourites to claim a third straight title, all the pressure was on England as they thrashed Italy and ground down Wales in their opening two fixtures.

But Scotland upset the apple cart with an electric performance two weeks ago in Edinburgh, leaving a sleepless Eddie Jones and his rarely beaten side in their wake in a 25-13 win.

France meanwhile came within seconds of beating Ireland in Paris on the opening weekend, only for Johnny Sexton's dramatic overtime drop-goal to snatch a 15-13 win for the men in green.

Jacques Brunel's side then fell foul of the Scots at Murrayfield and while they bounced back to beat Italy last week, still find themselves second-bottom of the table.

Express Sport brings you all the action from the Stade de France as it happens.

France vs England LIVE

4.35pm: Daily Express rugby correspondent Neil Squires is our man in Paris today. He is thankful for being a little drier than forecast.

“The bad news for England, as they warm up at the Stade de France, is that they have to do what they have never done in Paris in the Six Nations era and score four tries to keep their championship hopes alive. The good news is that the forecast deluge has not materialised and conditions will suit a points chase.

“No doubting who the locals view as public enemy No 1. Owen Farrell booed and whistled as the name of the new England captain was read out ahead of kick-off at the Stade de France.”

4.25pm: Here are the men hoping to give Ireland an early St Patrick's Day present. Trinh-Duc is Jacques Brunel's third fly-half of the Six Nations but the obvious weapon is at outside centre: the enormous Mathieu Bastareaud.

Starting XV: Hugo Bonneval, Benjamin Fall, Mathieu Bastareaud, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Remy Grosso; Francois Trinh-Duc, Maxime Machenaud; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhelm Guirado, Rabah Slimani, Paul Gabrillagues, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Wenceslas Lauret, Yacouba Camara, Marco Tauleigne.

Replacements: Adrien Pelisse, Dany Priso, Cedate Gomes Sa, Romain Taofifenua, Kelian Galletier, Baptiste Couilloud, Lionel Beauxis, Gael Fickou.

4.15pm: Now that everything has been wrapped up in Dublin, we can confirm that England must score four tries today or Ireland will be Six Nations champions. Next week's Grand Slam showdown at Twickenham will be exciting no matter what - but there would be a lot less on the line if England fail to do that. Let's hope they can get the job done in Paris. No mean feat mind...

Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell will captain England today

4pm: Coaches usually build games up - not down. But England coach Eddie Jones has not exactly been talking up a classic this afternoon, with his assertion that France have picked an extremely physical team, the pitch will be slow and the ball is going to get kicked up into the rain rather a lot.

With that in mind, the Australian has picked Ben Te'o at outside centre and moved Anthony Watson to full-back in an effort to provide more attacking threat off the kick return. Here is that team in full as we count down to a 4.45pm kick-off.

Starting XV: Anthony Watson, Jonny May, Ben Te'o, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly; George Ford, Danny Care; Nathan Hughes, Chris Robshaw, Courtney Lawes, Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury, Dan Cole, Jamie George, Mako Vunipola.

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, James Haskell, Sam Simmonds, Richard Wigglesworth, Jonathan Joseph, Mike Brown.

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