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England - France: "a historic humiliation", loose the British press


The XV of France outclassed (53-10) England at Twickenham on Saturday. And the British press is in shock.

The XV of France, which remained on a series of eight defeats at Twickenham, marked the spirits and the British press six months before the World Cup in France.

It must be said that the XV of the Rose suffered the biggest defeat at home in its history.

And the media across the Channel are using the metaphor this morning to evoke this terrible fiasco and the seven tests collected.

At the end of the match, England were scruffy, beaten and humiliated.

France had transformed Marcus Smith and his teammates into Les Misérables

”, loose the

Daily Mail


The French TGV crushed everything in its path

,” writes The Guardian.

Adding: “

It is a guillotine that falls brutally and definitively.

England had seen dark days before, but never on the scale of this phenomenal record.

Even the distressing 42-6 of 2008 against South Africa fades into the background after that.

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Marcus Smith, established at the opening in place of the usual captain Owen Farrell, suffered in particular the wrath of the British press.

Poor Smith.

It may take time to recover

, ”launches the Daily Mail.

And the English press is particularly worried about what will happen next.

Starting next Saturday (6 p.m.), where England will play their last match in this Six Nations Tournament in Ireland.

The worst is yet to come

” predicts

The Independent.


Get your calculators ready - based on this performance, that 76-0 loss to Australia in the Inferno Tour in 1998 could be in jeopardy.


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, also in shock, is also worried: “

England have lost their title in a humiliating way and it is the first time that they have lost two home matches during a Six Nations campaign.

It's a stark reminder of the work they have to do to catch up with the best teams in the world - and things could get even worse with a trip to Dublin next weekend to face Ireland, who are looking for a Grand Slam and who is number one in the world.


And it should be noted, handsome players, the media from across the Channel also salute the enormous performance of the Blues, in particular evoking the "

world class of Antoine Dupont who has held his rank

", for the Sun who ignites for the “

brilliance of genius

” from the Toulouse Stadium.

The Telegraph highlights the third tricolor line composed of François Cros, Charles Ollivon and Grégory Alldritt, who "

physically crushed his English counterpart, by administering to him the type of education generally associated with the Sorbonne


The BBC also speaks of a "

ruthless demonstration

" of the XV of France for "

condemn England to their heaviest home defeat.

France, who haven't won a 6 Nations match at Twickenham since 2005, showed exactly why they are the second team in the world and among the favorites to win the World Cup on home soil in 6 months.


Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-03-12

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