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PODCAST – England's French connection

25 February 2011

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  • Haskell, Palmer and Wilkinson look ahead to the clash with France
James Haskell runs with the ball, directed by Jonny Wilkinson

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On the eve of the RBS 6 Nations clash between England and France we hear from the French-based contingent in Martin Johnson's side.

Stade Francais forwards James Haskell and Tom Palmer, and Toulon fly half Jonny Wilkinson give us the lowdown on Le Crunch with Haskell focusing on the back row collision.

"We can't allow the French to play," Haskell told the RFU Podcast. "When they start loving life, putting those offloads in out of the tackle, smashing people in contact, their game plan is unstoppable. We can't allow that to happen."

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Also on this week's podcast:

  • Go Jonny go – Jonny Wilkinson wants to make a big impact off the bench against the players he faces week-in, week-out in the Top 14
  • Palmer calms – Tom Palmer emphasises the need to for England to keep the penalty count low against dangerous opponents
  • Perfect planning – Chris Ashton on the spirit in the camp and sticking to the game plan that has brought success this season
  • Paying respects – Steve Thompson on the events on the other side of the world that will be marked at Twickenham with a minute's silence for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake
  • Super skip – Chris Robshaw, the Aviva Premiership player of the month, on how he is growing into his role as Harlequins skipper
  • 20's treble – Matt Kvesic, the England U20 flanker, is out to continue an impressive start when his side faces France at his home ground in Worcester
  • Streets ahead – Gary Street, the England Women's head coach, looks forward to the Super Sunday date for the senior and Under 20 sides at Sixways
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