‘We were taught a cold and humiliating lesson’: French media slam France after emphatic loss to England
- French rugby paper Midi Olympique criticises national side after England defeat
- France suffered a heavy 44-8 loss at Twickenham in the Six Nations fixture
- The paper called for fundamental change to avoid similar humiliations in future
French rugby paper Midi Olympique laid into its national team after their Six Nations capitulation against England at Twickenham, labelling the loss ‘Waterloo’ on its front page.
France lost 44-8, with Jonny May scoring a 30-minute hat-trick and Henry Slade, Owen Farrell and a penalty try ensuring a landslide result as the visitors suffered a second defeat of the tournament.
The paper used its front page to call for fundamental change to Jacques Brunel’s team amid a poor run of form for the national team.
Midi Olympique tore into the France team after their heavy Six Nations defeat to England
Jonny May scored a 30-minute first-half hat-trick in the rout at Twickenham
Alongside the headline, was the text: ‘It is to cry, the XV of Jacques Brunel’s France never existed against England.
‘The Blues took a real lesson in rugby, cold and humiliating.
‘It is urgent to change everything.’
Captain Guilhem Guirado (left) and Dany Priso show their disappointment at the result
The loss to England comes after a 24-19 defeat to Wales in the opening round, having held a 16-0 half-time lead.
Alarm bells had sounded for France after a mixed Autumn campaign which saw a 28-13 win over Argentina sandwiched between a 29-26 loss to South Africa and a 21-14 reverse against Fiji.
Many are calling for members of the 2018 Under-20 world championship-winning side to be given their chance in place of failing senior players.
Scotland are next up at Stadio Olimpico on February 23 as the team look to revert to winning ways.
France have lost both of their Six Nations matches and will next host Scotland on February 23
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