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France humiliated England 31-6 in Paris after leading 16-3 at half-time.

This will rank as one of England’s most humiliating defeats in the last decade. The world champions left Paris battered and with serious question marks over the coaching of Andy Robinson, not to mention the squad composition just 18 months out from their World Cup defence.

There were only 40 seconds on the clock when Florian Fritz crossed their line for the opening try. A lack of communication saw Jamie Noon and Josh Lewsey both miss a high bomb and Yachvili swiftly shipped on the loose ball for Fritz to dive over. France then added a penalty to lead 10-0 after six minutes.

The Frogs wrapped up the game 13 minutes from time when Damien Traille burst clear and chipped ahead to the line. The retreating Harry Ellis couldn’t collect the loose ball and Traille pounced on it to score.

There was just time for Christophe Dominici to intercept Goode’s pass and add to England’s humiliation, Yachvili’s conversion delivering the last rites.

“We were awful,” admitted England coach Andy Robinson. “We have performed poorly in all aspects of the game, right from the first whistle.

“When that happens in France and you hear the crowd and the band playing, you have nowhere to go.

“Since I’ve been involved this is the most disappointing performance we have had. We never got going.”

The defeat, England’s seventh in 14 Six Nations games since winning the World Cup, equals their worst margin of defeat against France, a 37-12 loss in Paris in 1972.