Six Nations: Stuart Lancaster urges Twickenham to roar on England
Stuart Lancaster has issued a plea to Twickenham to will England to victory tomorrow as he prepares to order his RBS Six Nations title hopefuls to carry the game to France.
Lancaster believes the noisy support of a sold-out 82,000 home crowd will have a critical role to play in edging rivals Ireland and Wales for Championship glory on a nerve-jangling final day of staggered kick-offs.
"It will be hugely important that the crowd get behind the team," Lancaster said.
"If there's ever a day when we need the crowd to push us over the line and give us the momentum we need then it's Saturday.
"Whether we just need to get the win or win by 10 points or whatever it might take, the crowd will have a huge part to play.
"This game is not about the World Cup, it's about winning the Championship. And that's all it's about. It's about Saturday night only.
"Our mindset is to go and win the game. We can't play just to hang in there. We have to have a front foot mentality and have an intensity and tempo to our game from the first minute."
England enter the final round of matches with a points cushion of plus four and having digested earlier results from Wales' trip to Italy and Ireland's visit to Edinburgh, their victory target against France will be made clear.
The scheduling appears to have favoured England on paper, but Lancaster insists that providing the climax to the tournament creates its own set of challenges.
"I don't think we can be seen as favourites. I don't think anyone can. It will play out on the day," Lancaster said.
"Whether the staggered kick-offs help us or not depends on what the other scores are. On the staggered kick-off times, we all know the rules when we start. It makes it exciting."
Lancaster has made one change to the starting XV, promoting lock Geoff Parling at the expense of Dave Attwood, who drops out of the 23 altogether, with Nick Easter recalled to the bench.
England team to face France in Saturday's RBS Six Nations match at Twickenham, London, kick-off 5pm: M Brown (Harlequins); A Watson (Bath), J Joseph (Bath), L Burrell (Northampton), J Nowell (Exeter); G Ford (Bath), B Youngs (Leicester); J Marler (Harlequins), D Hartley (Northampton), D Cole (Leicester), G Parling (Leicester), C Lawes (Northampton), J Haskell (Wasps), C Robshaw (Harlequins, capt), B Vunipola (Saracens).
Replacements: T Youngs (Leicester), M Vunipola (Saracens), K Brookes (Newcastle), N Easter (Harlequins), T Wood (Northampton), R Wigglesworth (Saracens), D Cipriani (Sale), B Twelvetrees (Gloucester).