France v England: Six Nations’ key contests

England against France in 2021
France and England rank first and third in world rankings, with England winning the Six Nations final last year – in tournament's condensed format between the two teams 10-6
Venue: Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne Date: Saturday, 30 April Kick-off: 14:15 BST
Coverage: Watch on BBC Two; listen on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website & app.

This Saturday's match, between England and France, is the final of a six-week Women’s Six Nations campaign.

They have beaten their Six Nations counterparts by a considerable margin, with four consecutive wins each.

Bayonne is the place where the streak of luck will come to an end. The game's winners will win the title.

These are the duels most likely to swing a contest in one of these directions.

Leanne Infante v Laure Sansus

Leanne Infante and Laure Sansus

On Saturday, two scrum-halves right from the original number nine mould will meet face to face.

France's Laura SansusThe Six Nations began with the bench but ended it with the star of the tournament. The 27-yearold was the spark that ignited France's opening match against Italy. She has been unstoppable since. With an eye for pace and a keen eye for gaps, she is currently the tournament's top try scorer with six. Her skillful hands also enabled her to set up four more try-scores for her teammates.

Leanne Infante She is also the undisputed scrum-half of her team, and has been ahead of Lucy Packer (and Natasha Hunt). The Red Roses' Bristol Bear is a constant tempo player, but she has also shown some skill with the boot in the autumn. She has 50 caps and plenty of experience.

Zoe Aldcroft v Madoussou Fall

Zoe Aldcroft v Fall

As the dominant northern hemisphere packs discover they can't have it all, two all-court second row operators will be in action.

Zoe AldcroftAfter a string of dazzling performances, England beat New Zealand to become the world player of 2021.

The 25 year-old has been less prominent at the Six Nations. A knee injury delayed her debut appearance in the tournament, which was held up until last weekend's 69 0 victory over Ireland.

Madoussou Fall,24-year-old has been described as a player that could match, or even exceed the achievements of Safi N’Diaye. She is 6ft 2in high and a powerful runner. France's top tackler in the tournament is she, with 46.

Jess Breach v Caroline Boujard

Jessica Breach and Boujard

Two players are on the comeback trail.

Jess BreachHe has been affected by a number of injuries in the last 12 months. After being positive for Covid, he missed the 74-0 Six Nations victory against Italy.

However, the Harlequins flyer, 24 years old, showed that she is still sharp, quick and agile. This was her first international appearance in over a year with two tries against Wales, 58-5, on 9 April. After suffering a head injury against Ireland, she was forced to leave. However, she will be back to challenge the France defense on Saturday.

Caroline BoujardLast year, she was the top try-scorer for Six Nations. She ran in five scores to help her team finish second. The 28-yearold has played just three times since the 10-6 defeat by England last year in the title play off. Can she show that she is still a powerful runner?

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