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Six Nations: England go back to basics, France lamentable

England's Geoff Parling is challenged by Ireland's Mike Ross and Rory Best during their Six Nations rugby match at Aviva stadium in Dublin

Disappointment swept across the Aviva Stadium on Sunday as Ireland were beaten in their own backyard following a ruthless English display, led by captain Chris Robshaw.

It was a war of attrition on a rain-drenched pitch and the Red Rose handled the conditions - and the pressure - better than their more experienced opponents.

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France began the Six Nations as one of the tournament favourites yet after just their first home game they face a stiff task to avoid the wooden spoon.

In a word France's performance in Saturday's 16-6 defeat to Wales was lamentable.

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