Mathieu Bastareaud
Mathieu Bastareaud returns for France as England face a daunting task in Paris Getty

France face England in the pair's second Rugby World Cup warm-up match, this time at the Stade de France.

Where to watch

Kick-off is at 8pm BST on Saturday 22 August. Live coverage is available on Sky Sports HD1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. BBC1 will show highlights at 11.40pm.


Following the low-key first warm-up game at Twickenham on 15 August, France and England's players have their final chance to win a place in their nation's 31-man World Cup squad. The meeting in Paris is the last warm-up game prior to the 31 August deadline and will see coaches Philippe Saint-Andre and Stuart Lancaster look to have their selection dilemmas calmed.

France have made 12 alterations from the side that were defeated 19-14, with the midfield returned to full strength upon the return of Mathieu Bastareaud and Wesley Fofana. In the pack, Louis Picamoles, who starred at Twickenham, is retained as skipper in the absence of the injured Thierry Dusautoir.

England are also closer to full strength amid 14 changes from their winning start to their tournament preparations, with Henry Slade and Sam Burgess dropped in place of Jonathan Joseph and Luther Burrell. Chris Robshaw resumes the captaincy while on the bench Jamie George could make his debut as he looks to fill one of three hooker positions.

Danny Cipriani will get another chance to put pressure on Owen Farrell, from the bench, and Billy Twelvetrees's forlorn effort to push himself into centre contention will have to come from a bit-part role in the French capital. The 2003 World Cup winners have an impressive record in France, having won 22 of the pair's 49 meetings.

Chris Robshaw
Chris Robshaw comes into a strong England team after missing the 19-14 win at Twickenham Getty


England: 15. Mike Brown; 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Luthur Burrell, 11. Jonny May; 10. George Ford, 9. Ben Youngs; 1. Joe Marler, 2. Tom Youngs, 3. Dan Cole; 4. Joe Launchbury, 5. Courtney Lawes; 6. James Haskell, 7. Chris Robshaw, 8. Billy Vunipola

Replacements: 16. Jamie George, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. David Wilson, 19. Dave Attwood, 20. Nick Easter, 21. Danny Care, 22. Danny Cipriani, 23. Billy Twelvetrees

France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Noa Nakaitaci, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde; 1 Eddy Ben Arous, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 3 Rabah Slimani, 4 Pascal Pape (c), 5 Yoann Maestri, 6 Damien Chouly, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 8 Louis Picamoles.

Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Alexandre Flanquart, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Rory Kockott, 22 Remi Tales, 23 Gael Fickou.

What the coaches say

Philippe Saint-Andre: "When you play the English, if you do not won the collisions then it starts to get complicated. We know that we need to be strong in our impact and defensively. We also worked a lot on capitalising on our line breaks because at Twickenham last Saturday we managed seven but lacked patience with the final pass."

Stuart Lancaster: "Having reviewed last Saturday there were a lot of things we were pleased with considering it was the first game. There is now an opportunity for those not involved or who didn't get much opportunity from the bench to put a marker down and build on that performance. France will be even stronger at home and this will be a big test but these guys have been working hard for the opportunity and are desperate to go out and perform."