History of rugby union matches between England and France

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The first Anglo-French rugby union match was held on March 22, 1906 at Parc des Princes in Paris.

The traditional name for the annual England versus France rugby union match in the Six Nations Championship as used on both sides of the English Channel is Le Crunch. Games have also been played as Tests and at the Rugby World Cup. England have played France on 98 occasions, England winning 53, France 38 and 7 matches have been drawn. Overall, England have scored 1,498 points, and France 1,195.

Overall summary[edit]

Details Played Won by  England Won by  France Drawn England points France points
In England 46 30 11 5 780 464
In France 49 22 25 2 673 686
Neutral venue 3 1 2 0 45 45
Overall 98 53 38 7 1498 1195

Results[edit]

Date Venue Score Winner Competition Match report
1 February 2014 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 26 – 24  France 2014 Six Nations Championship BBC Sport
23 February 2013 Twickenham, London 23 – 13  England 2013 Six Nations Championship BBC Sport
11 March 2012 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 22 – 24  England 2012 Six Nations Championship BBC Sport
8 October 2011 Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand 19 – 12  France 2011 Rugby World Cup BBC Sport
26 February 2011 Twickenham, London 17 – 9  England 2011 Six Nations Championship BBC Sport
20 March 2010 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 12 – 10  France 2010 Six Nations Championship BBC Sport
15 March 2009 Twickenham, London 34 – 10  England 2009 Six Nations Championship BBC Sport
23 February 2008 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 13 – 24  England 2008 Six Nations Championship BBC Sport
13 October 2007 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 9 – 14  England 2007 Rugby World Cup BBC Sport
18 August 2007 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France 22 – 9  France Test Match BBC Sport
11 August 2007 Twickenham, London 15 – 21  France BBC Sport
11 March 2007 Twickenham, London 26 – 18  England 2007 Six Nations Championship BBC Sport
12 March 2006 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 31 – 6  France 2006 Six Nations Championship BBC Sport
14 February 2005 Twickenham, London 17 – 18  France 2005 Six Nations Championship BBC Sport
27 March 2004 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 24 – 21  France 2004 Six Nations Championship BBC Sport
16 November 2003 Telstra Stadium, Sydney, Australia 24 – 7  England 2003 Rugby World Cup BBC Sport
6 September 2003 Twickenham, London 45 – 14  England Test Match BBC Sport
30 August 2003 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille 17 – 16  France BBC Sport
15 February 2003 Twickenham, London 25 – 17  England 2003 Six Nations Championship BBC Sport
2 March 2002 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 20 – 15  France 2002 Six Nations Championship
7 April 2001 Twickenham, London 48 – 19  England 2001 Six Nations Championship
19 February 2000 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 9 – 15  England 2000 Six Nations Championship
20 March 1999 Twickenham, London 21 – 10  England 1999 Five Nations Championship
7 February 1998 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 24 – 17  France 1998 Five Nations Championship
1 March 1997 Twickenham, London 20 – 23  France 1997 Five Nations Championship
20 January 1996 Parc des Princes, Paris, France 15 – 12  France 1996 Five Nations Championship
22 June 1995 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa 9 – 19  France 1995 Rugby World Cup
4 February 1995 Twickenham, London 31 – 10  England 1995 Five Nations Championship
5 March 1994 Parc des Princes, Paris 14 – 18  England 1994 Five Nations Championship
16 January 1993 Twickenham, London 16 – 15  England 1993 Five Nations Championship
15 February 1992 Parc des Princes, Paris 13 – 31  England 1992 Five Nations Championship
19 October 1991 Parc des Princes, Paris 10 – 19  England 1991 Rugby World Cup
16 March 1991 Twickenham, London 21 – 19  England 1991 Five Nations Championship
3 February 1990 Parc des Princes, Paris 7 – 26  England 1990 Five Nations Championship
4 March 1989 Twickenham, London 11 – 0  England 1989 Five Nations Championship
16 January 1988 Parc des Princes, Paris 10 – 9  France 1988 Five Nations Championship
21 February 1987 Twickenham, London 15 – 19  France 1987 Five Nations Championship
15 March 1986 Parc des Princes, Paris 29 – 10  France 1986 Five Nations Championship
2 February 1985 Twickenham, London 9 – 9   draw 1985 Five Nations Championship
3 March 1984 Parc des Princes, Paris 32 – 18  France 1984 Five Nations Championship
15 January 1983 Twickenham, London 15 – 19  France 1983 Five Nations Championship
20 February 1982 Parc des Princes, Paris 15 – 27  England 1982 Five Nations Championship
21 March 1981 Twickenham, London 12 – 16  France 1981 Five Nations Championship
2 February 1980 Parc des Princes, Paris 13 – 17  England 1980 Five Nations Championship
1 February 1979 Twickenham, London 7 – 6  England 1979 Five Nations Championship
21 January 1978 Parc des Princes, Paris 15 – 6  France 1978 Five Nations Championship
1 February 1977 Twickenham, London 3 – 4  France 1977 Five Nations Championship
20 March 1976 Parc des Princes, Paris 30 – 9  France 1976 Five Nations Championship
1 February 1975 Twickenham, London 20 – 27  France 1975 Five Nations Championship
2 March 1974 Parc des Princes, Paris 12 – 12   draw 1974 Five Nations Championship
24 February 1973 Twickenham, London 14 – 6  England 1973 Five Nations Championship
26 February 1972 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 37 – 12  France 1972 Five Nations Championship
27 February 1971 Twickenham, London 14 – 14   draw 1971 Five Nations Championship
18 April 1970 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 35 – 13  France 1970 Five Nations Championship
22 February 1969 Twickenham, London 22 – 8  England 1969 Five Nations Championship
24 February 1968 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 14 – 9  France 1968 Five Nations Championship
25 February 1967 Twickenham, London 12 – 16  France 1967 Five Nations Championship
26 February 1966 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 13 – 0  France 1966 Five Nations Championship
27 February 1965 Twickenham, London 9 – 6  England 1965 Five Nations Championship
22 February 1964 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 3 – 6  England 1964 Five Nations Championship
23 February 1963 Twickenham, London 6 – 5  England 1963 Five Nations Championship
24 February 1962 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 13 – 0  France 1962 Five Nations Championship
25 February 1961 Twickenham, London 5 – 5   draw 1961 Five Nations Championship
27 February 1960 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 3 – 3   draw 1960 Five Nations Championship
28 February 1959 Twickenham, London 3 – 3   draw 1959 Five Nations Championship
1 March 1958 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 0 – 14  England 1958 Five Nations Championship
23 February 1957 Twickenham, London 9 – 5  England 1957 Five Nations Championship
14 April 1956 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 14 – 9  France 1956 Five Nations Championship
26 February 1955 Twickenham, London 9 – 16  France 1955 Five Nations Championship
10 April 1954 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 11 – 3  France 1954 Five Nations Championship
28 February 1953 Twickenham, London 11 – 0  England 1953 Five Nations Championship
5 April 1952 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 3 – 6  England 1952 Five Nations Championship
24 February 1951 Twickenham, London 3 – 11  France 1951 Five Nations Championship
25 February 1950 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 6 – 3  France 1950 Five Nations Championship
26 February 1949 Twickenham, London 8 – 3  England 1949 Five Nations Championship
29 March 1948 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 15 – 0  France 1948 Five Nations Championship
19 April 1947 Twickenham, London 6 – 3  England 1947 Five Nations Championship
6 April 1931 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 14 – 13  France 1931 Five Nations Championship
22 February 1930 Twickenham, London 11 – 5  England 1930 Five Nations Championship
1 April 1929 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 6 – 16  England 1929 Five Nations Championship
25 February 1928 Twickenham, London 18 – 8  England 1928 Five Nations Championship
2 April 1927 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 3 – 0  France 1927 Five Nations Championship
27 February 1926 Twickenham, London 11 – 0  England 1926 Five Nations Championship
13 April 1925 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 11 – 13  England 1925 Five Nations Championship
23 February 1924 Twickenham, London 19 – 7  England 1924 Five Nations Championship
2 April 1923 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 3 – 12  England 1923 Five Nations Championship
25 February 1922 Twickenham, London 11 – 11   draw 1922 Five Nations Championship
28 March 1921 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 6 – 10  England 1921 Five Nations Championship
31 January 1920 Twickenham, London 8 – 3  England 1920 Five Nations Championship
13 April 1914 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 13 – 39  England 1914 Five Nations Championship
25 January 1913 Twickenham, London 20 – 0  England 1913 Five Nations Championship
8 April 1912 Parc des Princes, Paris 8 – 18  England 1912 Five Nations Championship
28 January 1911 Twickenham, London 37 – 0  England 1911 Five Nations Championship
3 March 1910 Parc des Princes, Paris 3 – 11  England 1910 Five Nations Championship
30 January 1909 Welford Road, Leicester 22 – 0  England
1 January 1908 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 0 – 19  England
5 January 1907 Athletic Ground, Richmond London 41 – 13  England
22 March 1906 Parc des Princes, Paris 8 – 35  England

Breakdown[edit]

In the World Cup, the teams have played on five occasions, with England winning three and France two; there have been no draws. In these games, England have scored 78 points, and France 64.

In the Five Nations (1910–1999), England have played France on 70 occasions, England winning 36, France 27 and seven matches have been drawn. In these games, England have scored 889 points, and France 775.

In the Six Nations (2000–present), England have played France on 15 occasions, England winning nine, France six and no matches have been drawn. In these games, England have scored 305 points, and France 235.

In other test matches, England have played France on eight occasions, England winning five, France three with none drawn. Overall, England have scored 202 points, and France 95.

World Cup meetings[edit]

1991 World Cup Quarter Final[edit]

1995 World Cup Third-Place Play-Off[edit]

2003 World Cup Semi Final[edit]

England had come into the 2003 World Cup as favourites, but up to the semi final their form was steady rather than spectacular. In the quarter final stages, France beat Ireland convincingly, whilst England stuttered to a victory over Wales. These results meant many thought France could spring a surprise and get to their second successive final.

The weather on the day was heavy rain and torrential winds, which experts believed would fancy the English forward-dominated game, rather than the French free-flowing backs game. Jonny Wilkinson opened the scoring with a drop goal within the first ten minutes, before Serge Betsen scored a try after stealing a lineout. The try was converted by Frederick Michalak.

The game soon swung back in England's favour, when French winger Christophe Dominici was sin-binned for a deliberate trip on Jason Robinson. Wilkinson added another nine points before half time, to give England a 12-7 lead.

England continued to dominate in the second half, helped by an out of sorts Michalak missing his third penalty. Betsen became the second French player to get sin binned after a late challenge on Wilkinson, who converted the subsequent penalty. Shortly after Wilkinson made it a hat trick of drop goals. England wrapped up the game with another two penalties from Johnny Wilkinson and a final score of 24-7.[1]

The win put England into their first final since the 1991 World Cup, where they would play the same opponents Australia on their home ground. Afterwards, French captain, Fabien Galthie conceded that "England adapted to the weather better than us", whilst his English counterpart Martin Johnson said "we needed passion and it was a great display".[2]

2007 World Cup Semi Final[edit]

Before the 2007 World Cup began, both defending champions England and last time semi finalists France were considered outsiders to win the tournament. England had stuttered through the group stages, losing 36-0 to South Africa but ended up second in the group. In the quarter finals, England caused a major upset by beating arch-rivals Australia 12-10, despite many pundits writing off their chances before the game.

France also qualified a disappointing second from their group, after losing to Argentina. The French were also underdogs for their quarter final against pre-tournament favourites New Zealand. France ended up winning thanks to a disputed winning try by Yannick Jauzion.[3][4]

Despite beating the Wallabies, the English were still heavily tipped to lose, mainly because the French were expected to challenge more upfront. Five victories in the last six matches also meant that recent track record was in favour of France. England had not won in Paris since 2000. The game began 21:00 local time and within two minutes a box kick by English scrumhalf Andy Gomarsall was not dealt with by French full-back Damien Traille and Josh Lewsey capitalized with a try. Jonny Wilkinson missed the conversion to the left. Two penalties before half time by Lionel Beauxis gave the French a slender advantage.

Shortly after half time, Beauxis scored his third penalty to give France a 9-5 advantage. Minutes later, Wilkinson scored his first successful kick of the game to bring it back to one point. Wilkinson could have given England the lead, but his drop goal could only hit the upright. France also had a chance to score, when Vincent Clerc looked certain to score a try; however a last-ditch tap tackle by Joe Worsley prevented him from crossing the try line and kept England in the match.

In the 75th minute, Wilkinson slotted in a penalty to give England the lead. Only three minutes later he scored another three points, this time through a drop goal, to give England a 14-9 lead, with only two minutes left. Despite heavy pressure from the French, England managed to hold on.[5]

After the game, England's manager Brian Ashton commented, "these guys won't give up. People talk about a British bulldog spirit and it is very much here in this group". The England captain, Phil Vickery also praised the team by saying, "to beat France in France in a World Cup semi-final is a huge effort from everyone". The French manager Bernard Laporte rued the missed try opportunity, noting "if we had scored that try we would have won the match, but we didn't".[6][7]

2011 World Cup Quarter Final[edit]

France 19-12 England.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/rugby_world_cup/3264435.stm
  2. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/rugby_world_cup/3263021.stm
  3. ^ http://www.rugby-world-cup.net/results.php
  4. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/7030471.stm
  5. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/7043225.stm
  6. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/7043535.stm
  7. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/7043591.stm