England prop Andrew Sheridan has until the end of today to prove his fitness and remain uninjured to be in with a chance of facing France at Twickenham for the third match of the Six Nations campaign.
Sheridan missed out against Italy a week ago after an eleventh hour injury meant Alex Corbisero stepping in, who by all accounts did a fine job against a strong Italian pack however it is likely that should Sheridan emerge from training today injury free, he will be likely to regain his position in the front row with Dylan Hartley and Dan Cole.
The England prop is adamant though that France will be a tough challenge and that it will not only be the front row that will need to perform to their highest standard.
“When you come up against a scrum as good as they have then it is a really good test for you and it would be nice to be involved, hopefully we can come out on top but it is not just the front row battle as they have quality throughout the pack and in their squad.”
Andrew Sheridan is under no illusion either that the French front five have all the tolls necessary to cause issues for the England team.
“Their front-five, in particular, has been working well in the set piece and causing problems.”
Whilst England’s set pieces have gone well they have not been tested to the extent that they can expect on Saturday with the French, without playing particularly well, still able to pick up a win in Dublin.
“They had a good win against Ireland in Dublin. Ireland were really fired up for that game but France turned them over when they weren’t really at their best.”
“I think that is a sign of a good team and of how good they are.”
With a lot of talk surrounding this fixture there remains only four days until finally the real talking can be done on Twickenham’s hallow turf.