France beats England 24-17 in Six Nations opener in Paris

Updated: Feb 4, 2020


France win Six Nations opener against England (Photo:Franck Fife/AFP)

World Cup finalists England, fell short at the Stade de France on Sunday, giving new French head coach Fabien Galthié's a memorable 24-17 win.


The hosts opened the scoring when Romain Ntamack set up Vincent Rattez to go over the line. Ntamack added the extra points and then converted a penalty to give France a 10-0 lead.


It is not since 1988 that England has been kept scoreless at half-time in a Five or Six Nations match, but the scoreline reflected something different.


Charles Ollivon marked his debut as the newly ‘appointed’ skipper with his side's second try which was also converted.


Though France went into the break leading 17-0, there was little celebration.


Ollivon dived over for his second try to stretch that advantage to 24, before two brilliant solo scores from Jonny May suddenly brought hope in the final quarter.


England only added a late penalty from Owen Farrell but it was not enough to eclipse France.


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