Joseph: ‘France centres are world class’

Date published: August 20 2015

England centre Jonathan Joseph has described France duo Wesley Fofana and Mathieu Bastareaud as "world class players" ahead of Saturday's game.

Joseph returns to the England starting XV after a memorable Six Nations, when he finished as the top try scorer in the competition on four.

The Bath flyer will be reunited with Luther Burrell in midfield as the two work together again for the first time since their partnership in the Six Nations.

Both players come back into midfield after Sam Burgess and Henry Slade had strong games against France last weekend, giving the outcome of Saturday's clash an extra edge.

"Luther and I played well together in the Six Nations and we felt we went well, so we're looking to back that up," Joseph told the Press Association.

"But Henry and Sam played very well and complimented each other. Slade's vision, handling and kicking games are outstanding. He played really well considering it was his first cap.

"The key for me is to progress as much as I can and never take a backwards step. I'll just try to keep getting better.

"Playing Fofana and Bastareaud is a great challenge for us, but we're very excited about it.

"It's good to be back out there on the international stage playing against world class players."