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French coach makes referee plea

SIX NATIONS 2009 - ENGLAND v FRANCE
Venue: Twickenham Date: Sunday, 15 March Kick-off: 1500 GMT
Coverage: 1430-1700, BBC One, BBC Red Button, Radio 5 Live, BBC HD and BBC Sport website. Post-match forum 1700-1730, BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website


Marc Lievremont
Lievremont revealed his surprise at England's disciplinary record

France coach Marc Lievremont has called on referee Stuart Dickenson to be watchful of England's players when the two sides meet at Twickenham on Sunday.

England's performances under manager Martin Johnson have been marred by indiscipline, with his side picking up 10 yellow cards in the last four games.

Lievremont said: "Referees are under pressure from the English side. I hope he'll not give in to that pressure.

"We expect England to play their usual direct and physical game," he added.

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"I hope Stuart Dickinson will be as intransigent as Mark Lawrence was in France's victory against Wales."

Johnson has warned his players they face being dropped from the national team if they continue to concede silly penalties and Lievremont also expressed his concern France could face an England backlash after successive losses to Ireland and Wales.

"I dread facing an English side whose pride has been hurt," said the France coach.

"They have lost twice in three games but they competed with the Irish and the Welsh until the end and only lost by a few points.

"To see England punished by 10 yellow cards in their last four games is something that hasn't been seen before. I'm amazed, more so because it's England."

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