It is amazing, what a difference a year can make, heading into 2016 England bowed out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at the group stages and new head coach Eddie Jones sounded the changes.
But fast forward to the present day and England have won their last 14 games in a row, including the Grand Slam in the 2016 RBS 6 Nations.
Jones will be still looking for improvement and England will start strong favourites for the 2017 Six Nations.
In contrast, France enjoyed a mixed 2016, starting with the RBS 6 Nations that saw them open up with victories over Italy and Ireland before falling to three successive losses. They won one and lost one in the summer against Argentina before running both Australia and New Zealand close this autumn.
The French will be looking for improvement and consistency to challenge England in their first game of the Six Nations.
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