Bonnaire: Twickenham to see fear-free French

JULIEN BONNAIRE has promised there will be no fear in the France ranks when Marc Lievremont’s troops run out at Twickenham tomorrow.

Both France and England have perfect records after the opening two rounds of Six Nations matches, and Martin Johnson’s side are hot favourites to emerge with their 100% status intact.

Bonnaire, 32, has admitted that he could not leave his house for a week after France’s last visit to Twickenham for fear of the abuse he might take, after England drubbed Les Bleus 34-10 in 2009.

It was, the Clermont Auvergne flanker said, “a total debacle” for France, who should certainly not be such walkovers this weekend.

“We have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” Bonnaire said. “We are going there without pressure but with determination to enjoy ourselves. We know what to expect, a physical challenge from the start of the match. I think Tom Palmer said he wanted to reduce the French to mush. We’ll see.”

While Bonnaire surprisingly moves to the bench for this encounter, France last night suffered a blow to their preparations for Saturday’s clash with England when full-back Maxime Medard was ruled out. Medard pulled his left hamstring on Monday.

Lewis Moody’s hopes of captaining England tomorrow have been wrecked by a recurrence of his knee injury.

Meanwhile, Stephen Jones says Wales must target a “high risk and high reward” approach in Italy tomorrow.

He said: “We must play our style of game and enforce ourselves on Italy. If we can do that, then I cannot see why we can’t be successful.”

Jones reclaims Wales’ number 10 shirt after James Hook’s switch into midfield as replacement for an injured Jonathan Davies.

ENGLAND: B Foden (Northampton); C Ashton (Northampton), M Tindall (Gloucester, capt), S Hape (Bath), M Cueto (Sale); T Flood (Leicester), B Youngs (Leicester); A Sheridan (Sale), D Hartley (Northampton), D Cole (Leicester), L Deacon (Leicester), T Palmer (Stade Francais), T Wood (Northampton), J Haskell (Stade Francais), N Easter (Harlequins).

Replacements: S Thompson (Leeds Carnegie), A Corbisiero (London Irish), S Shaw (London Wasps), H Fourie (Leeds Carnegie), D Care (Harlequins), J Wilkinson (Toulon), M Banahan (Bath).

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