France fly-half Frederic Michalak believes the outcome of Sunday's game against England will be crucial in determining the destiny of the 2006 RBS 6 Nations title.
With four teams tied on four points at the top of the table, the tournament is the most wide open ever, but Michalak expects the picture to be much clearer after the weekend's games.
"The team which wins on Sunday will have a great opportunity to take the title," he said.
England have lost on their last two visits to Paris and go into the game on the back of a surprise 18-12 Calcutta Cup defeat to Scotland, but Michalak is not underestimating how difficult the game will be.
"Facing the English is a new challenge every time," he said. "We have tried to prepare for this match as best we can by completing full and intense training sessions.
"It is always a great honour to wear the blue of France for clashes like this and motivation will be easy to find. England are the defending world champions and are a fearsome outfit."
Michalak added his side need to keep their discipline to beat England, insisting the game was no time for individualism.
"As far as I am concerned, I will try to apply the gameplan decided for the match and be very focused on my game," he said. "I won't try to achieve exceptional things on Sunday, the most important thing is that everyone understands each other's role."
France have been booed by their own crowd even while winning in recent performances - particularly as they almost let slip a 38-point lead against Ireland - and Michalak is hoping the side can really give them something to cheer about on Sunday.
"(The booing) belongs to the past now," he said. "They were unhappy with the French team's performances. This is normal, they were expecting a lot from us. But it's nice when they support us."
Michalak has been the subject of much praise from the England camp in the build-up to the game, and the 23-year-old joked they must be trying to bring him on side.
"I will not adopt English nationality! It is too late," he said. "I could have played for Poland or Italy because of my grandparents, but I chose France and I am very happy with it.
"I thank the English players for their compliments but I still have a lot of work to do before the 2007 World Cup."
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