England v France 2021: how to watch Six Nations rugby match on TV, kick-off time, teams and latest odds

Eddie Jones’s England side will come up against a France team who recently experienced a Covid outbreak in the camp

The 2021 Six Nations is back with a full fixtures list in Round Four of the rugby championships.

England, with just one win to their name so far in this year’s tournament against Italy, will be looking to put a big dent in the Les Bleus’ hopes of Six Nations glory when the two sides meet.

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Eddie Jones’ troops will be coming up against a France side that has won two from two games and had an extra week’s rest from competitive action due to a Covid outbreak in the camp.

Eddie Jones’ troops will be coming up against a France side that has won two from two games and had an extra week’s rest from competitive action due to a Covid outbreak in the camp. (Pic: Getty Images)

The run of positive coronavirus tests in the French camp brought a postponement to the Round Three fixture against Scotland, which is now expected to be played on Friday 26 March.

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What is the England team to face France?

England head coach Jones has named his side for this weekend’s Six Nations match against France.

Starters 15. Max Malins (Bristol Bears, 6 caps) 14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 49 caps) 13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 37 caps) 12. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 91 caps) (C) 11. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 64 caps) 10. George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 75 caps) 9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 107 caps) 1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 65 caps) 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 29 caps) 3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 42 caps) 4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 46 caps) 5. Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 19 caps) 6. Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 21 caps) 7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 31 caps) 8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 59 caps) Finishers 16. Jamie George (Saracens, 57 caps) 17. Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 26 caps) 18. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 10 caps) 19. Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps) 20. Ben Earl (Bristol Bears, 11 caps) 21. Dan Robson (Wasps, 10 caps) 22. Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors, 4 caps) 23. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 50 caps)

When is England v France?

The 2021 Six Nations match between England and France will take place in Round Four of the rugby championship on Saturday 13 March.

Italy host Wales on the same day while the other fixture will take place on Sunday 14 March between Scotland and Ireland.

What time does England v France kick off?

England v France kicks off at 4.45pm.

It is the second match of the day to be played on 13 March after Italy v Wales, which kicks off at 2.15pm on an action-packed afternoon of international rugby.

Scotland v Ireland is the only match to be played on 14 March and will kick off at 3pm.

Where is England v France being played?

England v France is being played at Twickenham, in London.

The game will be played behind closed doors to the public, meaning the 82,000 seater stadium will be without fans of each nation due to Covid restrictions.

Elsewhere, Italy will host Wales at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and Scotland welcome Ireland to BT Murrayfield for another mouthwatering test of Six Nations rugby.

What TV channel is England v France on?

Rugby fans can watch all of the 2021 Six Nations matches live across the terrestrial channels available in the UK, primarily BBC and ITV.

The Six Nations match between England and France will be shown live on ITV. The same channel will have full match coverage of Italy v Wales.

Scotland v Ireland the following day will be screened on the BBC.

What time does coverage of England v France start?

TV coverage of England’s match against France will start at 4.15pm - half an hour before kick off as the action is introduced and pundits have their say.

The first offering of the day, Italy v Wales, starts at 1.30pm and will show the entire match and fallout before the attention turns to England v France.

The BBC’s coverage of Scotland v Ireland begins at 2.20pm.

Who are the pundits for England v France?

An impressive line-up of former professional rugby players and engaging presenters lead ITV’s Six Nations coverage.

Mark Pougatch has been joined by 2003 World Cup winners Jonny Wilkinson and Sir Clive Woodward in recent fixtures.

And, although all of whom have become regulars, the studio line-up for England v France is yet to be confirmed by ITV.

Jill Douglas and Martin Bayfield have presented ITV's rugby coverage, with match commentary coming from a combination of Nick Mullins, Miles Harrison and Martin Gillingham.

Former internationals Lawrence Dallaglio (England) and Serge Betsen (France) have also made appearances, as has ex-England prop David Flatman on co-comms.

How can I live stream England v France?

The Six Nations 2021 match between England v France will be available to watch through ITV’s online platform ITV Hub.

What are the latest odds on England v France?

Online bookies are offering competitive odds on both England and France victories on Saturday, with a draw attracting some coverage too in the run up to kick off.

As of Thursday 11 March, odds of France claiming a win at Twickenham range from odds on with SkyBet, 888sport, MansionBet and Betway to 11/10 with Bet365, PaddyPower, BetFair and BetFred.

England's hopes are ranked at 4/5 on with WilliamHill, BetVictor, UniBet, BetFred and 8/11 with SkyBet, PaddyPower and BetFair.

A draw, although unlikely, could be where a flutter is made with Bet365, 888sport, BetFair, SBK and BoyleSports offering 22/1, according to online comparison website oddschecker.com.