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Ranked! The five greatest England vs France clashes since 2000

2) 2003 World Cup Semi-Finals- Telstra Stadium (Australia) England 24-7 France

England were making history. Just a few years ago no one would believe they were on the cusp of reaching the World Cup final. However, they went one better and won the competition. After coming out of the group stages they met France in the semi-finals. High winds and torrential rain effectively ended all hopes of running rugby between two of the most explosive sides in world rugby. In the end it was left to Jonny Wilkinson and Frederic Michalak to battle it out, Wilkinson steering his side into Saturday’s final with all 24 of England’s points – courtesy of three drop goals and five penalties to send England to the final.

1) 2007 World Cup Semi Finals- Stade de France- England 14-9 France

In one of the biggest games between the two sides, everything was on the line. A place in the final of the World Cup was at stake and for England, a chance to claim the trophy for a second year in a row. What makes this even bigger is the fact that Francewere the hosts of the competition. In front of their own loyal fan base they had the chance to bring them silverware. However England had other ideas. England put on one of their best performances in their history to claim a 14-9 win and reach their second final in succession. Jonny Wilkinson, as ever, was the hero with two late kicks and Josh Lewsey went over for a try.


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