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Latest update : 2008-02-23

Holders France meet World Cup semi-final conquerors England at the Stade de France on Saturday (2000 GMT) in a match which could decide the destiny of the Six Nations title.


LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Holders France meet World Cup
semi-final conquerors England at the Stade de France on Saturday
(2000 GMT) in a match which could decide the destiny of the Six
Nations title.
 

France and Wales, who open the day's action against Italy at
the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff (1500), are the only unbeaten
sides in the championship.
 

New coach Marc Lievremont has liberated France by backing
untried youngsters and encouraging the team to run the ball in
the fashion which makes them, at their best, the most exciting
team in the world.
 

England, who were defeated by Wales before being forced to
fight hard to overcome Italy, lost their way in the second half
of both matches and the careers of several of their more
experienced players are on the line.
 

Ireland host Scotland in Saturday's other match (1700). The
Irish beat Italy before losing to France while Scotland have yet
to record a win.
 

Date created : 2008-02-23

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