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France-England in 6 countries: What is the real history of the word “Crunch” referring to the clash between the French and the English?

France-England in 6 countries: What is the real history of the word “Crunch” referring to the clash between the French and the English?

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France take on England in Lyon this Saturday 16th March, the 5th final day of the tournament. A chance to look back at this legendary “Crunch” history.

We often hear the word “crunch” when talking about the Franco-English clash on the international rugby stage. But do you know the origin of this word? This Saturday, March 16, France’s XV take on XV de la Rose at 9pm in Lyon for the fifth and final day of the 6 Nations tournament. This match promises to be exciting, juicy and exciting…but really, why do we call this match “Crunch”?

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We have to go back to 1906 to see the first ever clash between France and England on the rugby field. However, in the 1980s this encounter would move to a higher dimension.

Both teams are then top of the world and, to make the rivalry even worse, the Irish newspaper, The Irish Times In 1981, he nicknamed this conflict “the twist”. It can be translated as “crucial moment”.

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This Saturday will be the 111th time that the two teams will challenge each other. For now, the record is in England’s favor (60 wins, 43 against France, 7 draws). However, during the last meeting between the two countries, it was France’s XV that dominated the discussions. During the last 6 Nations tournament, Fabian Caldi’s men won 53-11 on the pitch at Twickenham.

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