Trumpets, drums, horns – the works. It be raucous at this notorious stadium. England now own the chance to work an assault correct internal the French half from a scrum.
The house crowd are no longer happy. Loud boos pour down from the stands. Has a French shirt been blocked off the ball?
England own had to entire an unpleasant lot of defending in these first nine minutes. Sarah Hunter does neatly to hotfoot the ball free in contact and Emily Scarratt clears to midway.
England toss it around early but a big hit knocks them again and gets this crowd excited.
The players ruin free after a passionate rendition of La Marseillaise. The French flags are now waving within the stands. France own no longer misplaced at house since 2014. Right here’s a big test for the Crimson Roses.
Right here are the groups in plump. Pauline Bourdon, who used to be moreover nominated along with Scarratt for player of the year, is at scrum-half for France.
France:Tremouliere; Boujard, Boudaud, Vernier, Menager; Drouin, Bourdon; Deshayes, Sochat, Joyeux; Corson, N’Diaye; Mayans, Hermet, Menager.
Replacements:Thomas, Traore, Pelle, Ferer, Annery, Sansus, Peyronnet, Jason.
England:McKenna; Dow, Scarratt, Harrison, Breach; Daley-Mclean, Riley; Botterman, Davies, Bern, Aldcroft, Scott, Beckett, Packer, Hunter.
Replacements:Kerr, Perry, Brown, Cleall, Fleetwood, Hunt, Scott, Thompson.