Six Nations: France v England preview

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France will be looking to bounce back from their miserable run in 2013 when they take on England in a mouthwatering Six Nations opener in Paris on Saturday.

Flyhalf Jules Plisson will make his debut for the French team and will be alongside scrumhalf Jean-Marc Doussain as manager Philippe Saint-Andre will try out his 10th different halfback pairing since he took over from Marc Lievremont after the 2011 World Cup.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster, who will be without eight front-line players for the game, will probably draw some small comfort from the fact that his side have won six out of their last eight matches against les Bleus.

The two teams haven’t met in the first game of the tournament since 2003 when Jonny Wilkinson produced a man of the match performance to score five penalties, a drop goal and a conversion, en route to a 25-17 triumph.

The game gets underway at 18.00 local time.