England U18s are the reigning Hone Unions champions having won the title for the first time outright last year with a stunning 21-15 victory against Wales in the final at Cheltenham.
And coaches Chris Kibble and Simon Hardy have named Worcester lock Graham Kitchener in the starting line-up for the first international of the season that will help the squad prepare for the Six Nations Festival, which gets underway on April 8 in Glasgow.
Coach Kibble said: "France are always going to be tough opponents. We played them in France last October in a conference game and although we won, we learned then that they are an unpredictable and dangerous outfit that can attack from anywhere on the field."
"However, we have also got a great back row and a strong pack and coupled with some very exciting runners in the backs, I am sure Saturday is going to provide some very exciting rugby at Henley. "
The England U19s will be next in action and Warriors flanker Matt Cox has been named in the starting line-up for the clash with World Championship rivals France.
Cox will start in the back row with Worcester team-mates Greg King and Miles Benjamin on the bench.
The game is England's final warm-up outing before the IRB U19 World Championships that kick off on April 5.
And England U19 captain Hugo Ellis is calling on Cox and his fellow forwards to provide the platform for an explosive performance.
"The side we've picked is an exciting one," said Ellis, the London Wasps number eight in his second season with the side.
"From a team perspective, it's an exciting time for everyone. It's a bit unfortunate for the guys who would have started against Wales but everyone will get their chance and on Saturday we need to perform and show the potential that's there.
"We've got a very expansive backline and we'll be looking to get the ball wide but first and foremost it's up to the forwards to secure that good ball.
England U18 Six Nations Festival team: 01 Ben Moon (SWERA), 02 Tom Collett (Leicester Tigers), 03 James Currie (Bath Rugby), 04 Graham Kitchener (Worcester Warriors), 05 Dan Williams (SWERA), 06 Calum Clark (Leeds Tykes) ,07 Jacob Rowan (Leeds Tykes, 08 Carl Fearns (Sale Sharks), 09 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), 10 Rob Miller (Newcastle Falcons), 11 Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby), 12 Luke Eves (Bristol Rugby), 13 Ben Williams (Bath Rugby), 14 Sebastian Stegmann (NEC Harlequins), 15 Greig Tonks (Leicester Tigers). Replacements: 16 Alex Brown (Saracens), 17 James Clark (London Irish), 18 Joseph Marler (NEC Harlequins), 19 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), 20 Tom Sargeant (NEC Harlequins), 21 Mike Macfarlane, 22 David Lewis (SWERA), 23 Mark Davies (Gloucester Rugby), 24 Jack Cobden (Leicester Tigers), 25 Mike Stanley (Saracens), 26 Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)
England U19 side: 01 Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby), 02 Joe Williams (Gloucester Rugby), 03 Alex Corbisiero (London Irish) ,04 Scott Hobson (Cornish Pirates), 05 Ben Thomas (Saracens), 06 Matthew Cox (Worcester Warriors), 07 Andy Saull (Saracens), 08 Hugo Ellis (Capt, London Wasps), 09 Joe Simpson (London Wasps), 10 Adam Greendale (Leeds Tykes & Hymers College), 11 Noah Cato (Saracens), 12 Alex Tait (Newcastle Falcons), 13 Tom Bedford (Exeter Chiefs), 14 David Smith (Northampton Saints), 15 Alex Goode (Saracens). Replacements: 16 Jack Steadman (Bristol Rugby), 17 Scott Freer (Leeds Tykes), 18 Danny Birchall (Sale Sharks), 19 Gregor Gillanders (Leicester Tigers), 20 Danny Pointon (Northampton Saints), 21 Gareth Griffiths (Bristol Rugby), 22 Richard Bolt (Exeter Chiefs), 23 Greg King (Worcester Warriors), 24 Garth Dew (Sale Sharks), 25 Miles Benjamin (Worcester Warriors), 26 Jon Fisher (London Irish & Wellington College)