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
Johnson defends Borthwick as captain
Captain Steve Borthwick insists he is the right man to lead England out of their form and disciplinary crisis.
England have won just two games in nine under Borthwick and have dropped to eighth in the world rankings.
The team have picked up 10 yellow cards in their last four matches, but Borthwick responded to critics ahead of England's match with France on Sunday.
"I try and influence things in the most positive way I can to help this team's development," he said.
"I know the view of me as a captain is inextricably linked to the performance of the team and more specifically the results.
"I am trying to influence as positively as possible with my actions, my training, working with the coach and how I address the group and individuals.
"I am captain of England. It is fantastic. It has its challenges but millions of people want to be in the position I am in. It is a huge honour."
England manager Martin Johnson said he never considered dropping second-row Borthwick ahead of Nick Kennedy, who makes way for Wasps veteran Simon Shaw for the visit of Marc Lievremont's side at Twickenham.
Discipline has been Johnson's prime concern having watched his side concede over 60 penalties in four matches, while 10 players have spent time in the sin-bin.
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