England made 15 changes to its last rugby squad following an unsuccessful World Cup campaign, with interim head coach Stuart Lancaster including nine uncapped players among the group for the Six Nations.
France rebounded from back-to-back losses to defeat England 19-12 and reach its fifth straight Rugby World Cup semifinal, where it will face Wales.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
New Zealand beat France 37-17 in captain Richie McCaw’s record 100th Test to clinch first place in their Rugby World Cup pool. England moved on top of its group by routing Romania 67-3.
France beat England 19-12 to reach the Rugby World Cup semifinals for the fifth straight time.
Delon Armitage will start England’s Rugby World Cup opener against Argentina on the wing in place of Mark Cueto, who has been struggling with a back injury.
Mike Tindall will captain the England rugby team in this weekend’s World Cup warm-up match against Wales in Cardiff.
New Zealand beat France 37-17 to move five points clear of its opponent atop Pool A at the Rugby World Cup.