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PARIS, France -- England have been put on Mathieu Bastareaud watch with Ben Te'o charged with chopping down France's giant centre before he has a chance to build a head of steam up and cause some carnage on Saturday at the Stade de France.
Bastareaud was named Man of the Match in France's round three win over Italy, and England are wary of the outside centre's influence. Eddie Jones identifies Bastareaud as their "icon player", one who has an "extraordinary influence", and he wants Te'o to "enjoy getting a shot on him early on".
Te'o has been recalled to England's outside centre spot having started their opener against Italy but was then left on the bench for their next two Tests against Wales and Scotland.
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Eddie Jones suffered just his second defeat in charge of England last time out and goes to France with a new captain and knowing that they could need a bonus-point victory to keep their Six Nations title hopes alive.
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With England facing a must-win match in Paris on Saturday, Te'o is relishing his match up with France's talisman.
"I'm a big guy but I'm up against a bigger guy! You don't see many midfielders of his size running around," Te'o said of Bastareaud. "Credit to him, he is an athlete as well. He's big but he can move.
"He's strong and has an offload. I watched him the other week and he was very destructive. We'll have a job on our hands to stop him. Fingers crossed I'll have the opportunity to get in there."
Te'o's entry from the bench in last year's Six Nations clash at Twickenham inspired England to a narrow 19-16 victory over France with his direct ball-carrying and ballast opening up Les Bleus' defence.
He also has a good track record of being charged with nullifying opponents after he cancelled out Sonny Bill Williams in the opening British & Irish Lions Test last year. Bastauread's 37-stone showdown with Te'o will be just one subplot in another chapter of the Anglo-French rivalry.
'Le Crunch' has thrown up a number of memorable clashes in the past, and Te'o is fully aware of the history of the fixture and he is hopeful of leaving another mark on France.
"There's a lot of history to the game, but first and foremost we're looking at where we are in this competition and what this game means to us in term of trying to win this competition," Te'o said. "That's what we're focusing on. We're two physical teams across the water from each other, so obviously there are going to be fireworks. There's a fierce rivalry and there have been plenty of great games. We're two physical teams so I'm sure the fans can't wait to see how it will play out."
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