Crunch time beckoned for Eddie Jones’ England. They were due to face France in Pool C at the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Saturday, but the match was one of those affected by adverse weather in Japan.
England have hit their stride in the 2019 Rugby World Cup and now have a bit of extra time for resting up after their crunch clash against France was cancelled.
Rugby World Cup fixtures: England vs France
Eddie Jones’ men started the tournament slowly with a 35-3 win over Tonga, but picked up steam with a 45-7 victory over USA. Then came a 39-10 drubbing of Argentina, which sent out a firm statement of intent.
France, meanwhile, haven’t been cruising through. A 33-9 win over USA came sandwiched in between victories over Argentina and Tonga.
“We are where we need to be and we haven’t played to our best yet – which is good, because we’ve got growth and that’s what this competition is about. It’s about growing, it’s about building, it’s about being right when you need to be right,” said England coach Eddie Jones, as per the Guardian.
“It’s our next game, our most important game. We want to win every game. I think we can improve the team [against France]. That’ll be the challenge: how can we improve the team?”
The match, however, was one of two Rugby World Cup games cancelled in the wake of a raging typhoon.
France will also be keeping one eye on the goings on in Pool A – where a myriad scenarios are set to determine who they will face in the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarterfinals.