You could argue it’s a shame France meet England at the very start of this year’s Six Nations.
Two of the championship’s heavyweights will be in the mix for the title come the end of the 2014 edition, so it would have been mouthwatering to see them play a decider rather than on the opening weekend.
But it still gets the pulse racing. Le Crunch is always a fixture to savour.
This season, England are looking to banish memories of a Grand Slam dream smashed to smithereens at the end of the 2013 competition, while France will be keen to make amends for their wooden spoon-winning season of last year.
Here is where the game will be won and lost.