World Cup finalists England fell to a chastening 24-17 defeat to a resurgent France as their Six Nations hopes wilted in the Parisian rain.
Skipper Charles Ollivon slid over to give France a 24-0 lead at start of second half.
Two tries from Jonny May late on made a game of it, but it was overall a very disappointing display from England.
Charles Ollivon – The French captain scored two tries, made 67 metres and landed 10 huge tackles. Heroic display.
Jonny May – Tremendous. Got two tries out of nothing to give England a chance late on.
Jonny May emulates his hero Cheslin Kolbe— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) February 2, 2020
Virimi Vakatawa – Was outshone by his teammates and reasonably well marshalled by the England defence. The Fijian powerhouse made just five metres off his three carries.
George Furbank – He made a number of handling errors at important points on his debut, conceding three turnovers and offering little going forward.
Tom Curry – Moving a world player of the year-nominated openside to No.8 was always going to be a gamble. It did not pay off
Owen Farrell – At his best, which is most of the time, he is world class. Here he was a million miles off that
Owen Farrell first half 😂🤡 pic.twitter.com/COTNpJuf5o— roland deschain (@rolanddeschai16) February 2, 2020
England vs France player ratings:
France: Anthony Bouthier 7, Teddy Thomas 6, Virimi Vakatawa 6, Gael Fickou 8, Vincent Rattez 7, Romain Ntamack 8, Anthony Dupont 8, Cyril Baille 7, Julien Marchand 7, Mohamed Haouas 7, Bernard Le Roux 8, Paul Willemse 7, Francois Cros 7, Charles Ollivon (c) 9, Gregory Alldritt 7.
England: George Furbank 4, Jonny May 8, Manu Tuilagi 4, Owen Farrell (c) 4.5, Elliot Daly 6, George Ford 6, Ben Youngs 5; Joe Marler 6, Jamie George 6, Kyle Sinckler 6, Maro Itoje 7, Charlie Ewels 6, Courtney Lawes 6, Sam Underhill 6, Tom Curry 5.5