"Bullied" - Four players who underperformed for England against France - Ruck

“Bullied” – Four players who underperformed for England against France

France emerged triumphant in a heart-stopping showdown against England in Lyon, sealing a second-place finish in the 2024 Six Nations standings.

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The decisive moment came when Thomas Ramos delivered a jaw-dropping winning penalty from the halfway line.

Establishing a commanding 16-3 lead on their home turf, the French side seemed poised for victory before England staged a remarkable comeback. Ollie Lawrence’s crucial tries before and after halftime shifted the momentum in England’s favor.

Despite Marcus Smith extending England’s lead, France mounted a fierce counterattack, with Leo Barre and Gael Fickou narrowing the deficit. The match swung back and forth in a thrilling display of skill and determination.

In a breathtaking twist, Tommy Freeman’s late try appeared to secure the win for England, bolstered by George Ford’s successful conversion. However, Ramos had the final say, sealing victory with a nerve-racking kick from close to halfway.

Below we look at three players who failed to perform in Lyon with their futures now in doubt.

#1. Elliot Daly

Rugby Pass 5.5/10: “Back in the starting team after Immanuel Feyi-Waboso ruled himself with a self-diagnosed concussion, the fear was he wouldn’t bring the oomph that the rookie managed and sadly this was the case.”

RUCK 6/10: “Back in to the starting line-up as Manny Feyi-Waboso is out with a concussion. Claimed the high balls confidently, but swamped when trying to stretch his legs. Returned the favour with good kick chase and well timed tackles on the receivers. Vocal on the touchlines, as the assistant referee handed a line-out to France.”