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- Author: Tabitha Byrd Feb 05, 2017,
Feb 05, 2017, 1:41
Owen Farrell converted a score of his own as England responded nearly immediately.
With Jones electing to remove George Ford, push Owen Farrell into fly-half and deploy Te'o at inside centre, he is now considering handing the Worcester Warriors centre his first start for England.
Owen Farrell responded quickly with his own penalty when England managed to put some pressure on the French defence for the first time England were dealt a major blow when Jonny May was sent to the sin bin for a risky tackle as he lifted Fickou up by one leg and the Frenchman fell awkwardly to the ground, hitting his head hard on the turf.
I've put all of that in the pot, and despite the skinny odds of 8/10 on England to win the tournament, I do not feel it is that clear-cut, nor do I feel there will be a Grand Slam this season. Maro Itoje will make his first start at blindside flanker, replacing shoulder-injury victim Chris Robshaw, while Joe Marler completes a remarkable recovery from a fractured leg to take his place at loosehead prop.
France were quick out of the blocks in front of the packed Twickenham crowd, with Fiji-born wing Virimi Vakatawa launching an attack. However, England were never overrun and kept pace through Farrell and Elliot Daly penalties to leave the sides deadlocked at 9-9 at half-time.
He did the same again six minutes before the break but Lopez let England off this time by sending his kick wide of the posts.
France have traditionally viewed the scrum-half as their general and it was Dimitri Yachvili, who retired from global rugby after the 2011 World Cup, who has inspired Youngs.
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Farrell then cut the deficit with his second penalty after May had returned.
Eddie Jones has taken full responsibility for a disjointed England display in the victory over France in their Six Nations opener.
But May held up the onrushing French backs and Itoje's good breakdown work secured a relieving penalty.
"Perhaps the preparation wasn't good enough but things worked a lot better in the second half".
He also revealed that his squad have been discussing the key battles of the Hundred Years' War ahead of the opening Test against France today.
England found themselves with it all to do heading into the final ten minutes, but after kicking to the corner their replacements came through, with Danny Care and James Haskell setting up Te'o to crash over.
Sustained England pressure resulted in a simple penalty chance inside the 22 and Farrell made no mistake.
Rabah Slimani of France scores a try. Lopez converted to give "Les Bleus" a 16-12 lead with 20 minutes remaining.