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Six Nations 2020: England suffer opening-half shutout for first time since 1988

England suffered an early case of Les Bleus against France in Paris, failing to score a point in the opening half of a Five or Six Nations fixture for the first time in 32 years.

Vincent Rattez and Charles Ollivon crossed for tries as a rampant France – now under the leadership of coach Fabien Galthie – scored 17 points without reply.

Romain Ntamack landed both conversion attempts as well as a penalty, giving the hosts a huge lead at the halfway stage – much to the delight of a raucous crowd in the French capital.

As for England, they had not been shut out in the first 40 minutes of a game in the tournament since 1988.

It was a bleak start to the new campaign for Eddie Jones’ side, who suffered the disappointment of losing to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final last year.

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