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Finals Weekend confirmed as England and France meet for the title

Finals Weekend confirmed as England and France meet for the title

Finals Weekend confirmed as England and France meet for the title

The latest instalment of Le Crunch is set to be a special one, with England and France going head-to-head for the Autumn Nations Cup title on Finals Weekend.

England booked their place in the decider with a 23-14 win away to rivals Wales in Llanelli, as Henry Slade and Mako Vunipola crossed for tries.

Johnny Williams scored a first-half try for Wales but England quickly gained the upper hand, with Owen Farrell landing four penalties from the tee.

That win backed up earlier successes against Georgia and Ireland, with England triumphing all three of their Group A contests.

France were similarly impressive against Italy on Saturday night, with their 36-5 win moving them to the top of Group B.

Les Bleus made multiple changes to their side, with almost all of the first-team regulars missing, but they still looked an impressive outfit against the Azzurri.

Tries from Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere, Baptiste Serin, Teddy Thomas and Sekou Macalou carried them to victory in Paris.

Italy led for part of the first half when Carlo Canna dotted down but Jacopo Trulla’s yellow card in the second half ended their hopes of victory, as France took full advantage with three tries in eight minutes.

France’s first match against Fiji was postponed due to Covid-19, before they beat Scotland at BT Murrayfield last weekend.

France came out on top against England in their Guinness Six Nations contest earlier this year but this match will take place at Twickenham, as opposed to the Stade de France.

Elsewhere, Ireland and Scotland will contest the 3rd/4th place play-off at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon after the Men in Green saw off Georgia 23-10 in a war of attrition in Dublin.

Billy Burns and Hugo Keenan scored for the hosts, while Giorgi Kveseladze scored a stunning try midway through the first half to bring up Georgia’s first points of the tournament.

Wales and Italy will meet in the 5th/6th place play-off, while Fiji and Georgia will play in the 7th/8th place play-off.

Saturday 5 December

12pm: Georgia v Fiji

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2.15pm: Ireland v Scotland

4.45pm: Wales v Italy

Sunday 6 December

2pm: England v France

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