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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. News wire is powered by opta

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