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'Enough is enough': England fans at end of their tether with third place Six Nations finish

By Sam Smith
France v England – Guinness Six Nations – Stade de France

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France wrapped up their first Grand Slam since 2010 with a comprehensive 25-13 victory over England in Paris, consigning Eddie Jones’ men to a third place finish in the 2022 Six Nations.

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The French looked in control the entire way, keeping ahead on the scoreboard the entire match after taking an 8-0 lead after an early penalty and opening try to Gael Fickou.

When Antoine Dupont scored midway through the second half to stretch the lead to 25-13, England had a massive hole to climb out of that proved insurmountable as they struggled to keep possession after promising periods of play.

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After a lacklustre 5th placed finish last year, England’s third place finish has done little to relieve pressure on head coach Eddie Jones who is trying to rebuild his squad around a new group of players.

England fans were ready to declare ‘enough is enough’ in regards to England’s form just 18 months out from the World Cup. One fan wrote they are ‘paying the price’ for sticking with Jones, who have ‘no consistency’ under the Australian.

Others called for a change of leadership as even the third place finish ‘disguises so many woes’. There was a claim that England are ‘nowhere near’ the levels of France, South Africa, New Zealand or Ireland.

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As England failed to gain any ascendency in the second half, scrumhalf Ben Youngs came under the microscope for his slower delivery at the base of the ruck which seemed to start every phase off on the wrong foot.

The Test centurion has been a mainstay under Eddie Jones, with Youngs rarely missing a start since 2016. Fans called upon Jones to find a new number 9 as a priority to revive England’s play.

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