England vs France LIVE: Latest score and Autumn Nations Cup final updates


Follow the latest updates live from the Autumn Nations Cup final between England and France at Twickenham as the one-off tournament draws to a close.

England are looking to add the trophy to their recent Six Nations triumph, but come up against the only side to have beaten them in the last 12 months with revenge on the cards after the French defeated Eddie Jones’s side in Paris last February.

However, France arrive with a second-string side after an agreement with the Top 14 clubs means they cannot select their first-team players who have already made a maximum of three appearances this autumn, handing an early advantage to England. Jones has been keen to talk down that benefit this week though, with the head coach keen to talk up the French team that dispatched Italy rather convincingly last weekend. Follow the live updates below.

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No further changes for either side, meaning the absence of Mako Vunipola in the front row is the only alteration from the squads that were announced earlier in the week.

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Confirmation is through that it’s an early win for France: they’ve won the toss through stand-in skipper Baptiste Couilloud and have chosen to kick off. The smallest of victories…

England vs France

The two sets of players arrived about 15 minutes ago, and players and coaches are dripping out of the tunnel to take a look at the Twickenham pitch, where Eddie Jones goes and greets opposite number Fabien Galthie and the rest of the French backroom team.

We’re yet to hear if the teams are unchanged, but England have already been forced into one switch since Jones announced the team on Friday as Mako Vunipola has been ruled out of the clash with a calf injury, meaning Ellis Genge is handed a start and Joe Marler comes in on the bench.

England: Elliot Daly; Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Owen Farrell, Jonny May; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler; Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury; Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Marler, Will Stuart, Jonny Hill, Ben Earl, Dan Robson, Max Malins, Joe Marchant.

France: Brice Dulin; Alivereti Raka, Yoram Moefana, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere; Matthieu Jalibert, Baptiste Couilloud; Hassane Kolingar, Pierre Bourgarit, Dorian Aldegheri; Killan Geraci, Baptiste Pesenti; Cameron Woki, Anthony Jelonch, Selevasio Tofofua.

Replacements: Pesto Mauvaka, Rodrigue Neti, Uini Atonio, Guillaume Ducat, Sekou Macalou, Sebastien Bezy, Louis Carbonel, Pierre-Louis Barassi.

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The French may be a weakened side today due to an agreement with the Top 14 clubs, but they will still be playing on the emotion of doing Christoph Dominici proud.

The late, great, wing tragically died two weeks ago in news that rocked French rugby, with the 67-cap international wing passing away at the early age of 48. A number of the current squad grew up watching Dominici’s heroics for Les Bleus, and they have spoken openly about the emotion they will play with in order to do him proud.

That feeling has spread to other areas of the game, with England posting a glowing tribute in his honour ahead of today’s match.

England vs France

Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of today’s Autumn Nations Cup final as England and France face-off at Twickenham to bring the curtain down on the international window.

It hasn’t been smooth sailing all the way, with three games called off due to Fiji’s coronavirus outbreak and games that have left little to write home about, but finals weekend kicked off yesterday with a bang thanks to three matches that felt more like the international calibre of games that we have come to expect.

We’ll bring you Saturday’s action shortly, but first let us set the scene for today’s final: the two best sides in Europe meet with not just the Autumn Nations Cup bragging rights on the line, but with a chance for revenge for the hosts after they were beaten on their last visit to Paris earlier this year.

On top of that, for the first time since March the Twickenham stands will not be empty as 2,000 fans have been allowed into the match, which will be the first time that supporters have attended an international rugby match in Europe since the Six Nations was paused nine months ago.

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