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Jonny Wilkinson puts the boot into France during the 2003 World Cup

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Josh Lewsey dives over to score against Les Bleus in 2007

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Micky Skinner gets up close and personal with the French in 1991

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Ben Foden celebrates his try against France in the 2011 RBS Six Nations

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England and France will renew hostilities on Saturday and ahead of the match at Twickenham, looks back on some classic 'Le Crunch' ties from years gone past.

England have won 52 of the 96 encounters between the two rivals, with seven draws.

2012 - France 22 England 24

England defied the odds in Paris, with Tom Croft in truly inspirational form. Croft, as well as Ben Foden and Manu Tuilagi, all scored while England held off a late French fightback to claim victory.

2011 - England 17 France 9

France coach Marc Lievremont stirred up a media storm ahead of the RBS Six Nations clash by saying the other sides in the competition had one thing in common, "we all don't like the English". England did little to improve Anglo-Franco relations by winning 17-9.

2003 - England 24 France 7

Honours were even between the old foes in the two warm-up games leading into the 2003 World Cup, however it was England who dominated an emotionally-charged semi-final. Jonny Wilkinson's boot and the efforts of Richard Hill saw England in the final.

1995 - England 31 France 10

England were simply irresistible at Twickenham as they brushed aside Les Bleus en route to the Grand Slam. Tony Underwood scored twice, Jeremy Guscott dived over for one and Rob Andrew slotted over 16 points with the boot.

1991 - France 10 England 19

"Le Crunch" became "Le Munch", with the 1991 quarter-final win better remembered for a massive tackle from Mick Skinner on Marc Cecillon. Inspired by the driving hit from Skinner, known as Munch, England went on to power to victory in Paris.

1980 - France 13 England 17

England ended a 16-year wait for victory on French soil as Bill Beaumont's men continued their charge to the Grand Slam. John Horton's two drop-goal's proved vital following tries from John Carleton and Nick Preston.

1972 - France 37 England 12

England endured a day to forget in Colombes as they suffered a record loss to Les Bleus. France, led by the talismanic Walter Spanghero, ran in six tries as England were completely outplayed.

1947 - England 6 France 3

Hostilities between England and France were finally resumed after a 16-year absence due to the expulsion of the French from the Five Nations Championship and then the outbreak of the Second World War. Dickie Guest and Vic Roberts scored England's tries in a battling victory.

1911 - England 37 France 0

Daniel Lambert scored 22 of England's points in the record victory at Twickenham. England scored six tries in total, including one for Adrian Stoop, the legendary fly-half whom Harlequins' ground is named after.

1906 - France 8 England 35

The first-ever international between England and France took place at the Parc de France, with Arthur Hudson guiding the visitors to a big victory. Hudson scored four of England's nine tries to give France every reason not to like their old foes.

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