England take on France at Twickenham on Sunday in a match which will define both team's Six Nations campaigns as well as the long term futures of both coaches. Martin Johnson has gone from captain of the best rugby team in the world in 2003 to manager of a team ranked eighth in the space of just six years. Sunday's match is crucial to England's rebuilding process.
It was only a couple of years that France and England were alleged to be contemplating leaving the Six Nations due to their dominance of the tournament. But both sides have struggled in recent years with England very much in danger of becoming one of the tournaments whipping boys despite having the largest player pool to choose from in the world.
Notwithstanding his side's abysmal disciplinary record, Johnson has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes although Simon Shaw comes into the second row while Ugo Monye replaces Paul Sackey on the wing.
England: 15 D Armitage 14 M Cueto 13 M Tindall 12 R Flutey 11 U Monye 10 T Flood 9 H Ellis 1 A Sheridan 2 L Mears 3 P Vickery 4 S Borthwick (capt) 5 S Shaw 6 T Croft 7 J Worsley 8 N Easter. Replacements: D Hartley, J White, NKennedy, J Haskell, D Care, A Goode, M Tait. France: 15 M Médard 14 J Malzieu 13 M Bastareaud 12 Y Jauzion 11 C Heymans 10 F Trinh-Duc 9 M Parra 1 L Faure 2 D Szarzewski 3 S Marconnet 4 L Nallet (capt) 5 J Thion 6 T Dusautoir 7 S Chabal 8 I Harinordoquy. Replacements: B Kayser, T Domingo, L Picamoles, J Bonnaire, S Tillous-Borde, FFritz, D Traille