What now for England as inquest begins in wake of record-breaking France mauling

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England have begun the inquest into their biggest defeat at Twickenham in the stadium’s 116-year history after France dazzled their way to a 53-10 victory.

Ireland in Dublin is the final assignment of the Six Nations for Steve Borthwick’s men before preparation for the autumn’s World Cup ramps up and here the PA news agency looks at the fallout from Saturday’s debacle.

What went wrong?

England v France – Guinness Six Nations – Twickenham Stadium
England were no match for brilliant France (Adam Davy/PA)

What can be done?

England v France – Guinness Six Nations – Twickenham Stadium
England head coach Steve Borthwick has some thinking to do (Ben Whitley/PA)

Who could be dropped?

England RFU Training – Twickenham Stadium – Friday March 11th
Alex Dombrandt’s place in the team could be under threat Steve Parsons/PA)

Do England have a chance in Dublin?

It is hard to envisage any scenario whereby Ireland – installed as 1/8 favourites by bookmakers – fail to claim their first Grand Slam since 2018. Andy Farrell has guided the Irish to the summit of the global rankings and even allowing for the number of injuries sustained in Sunday’s win over Scotland at Murrayfield, they have the firepower to see off one of the weakest England teams in Six Nations history. Accurate, relentless, skilful – Ireland take some stopping as even France discovered to their cost in round two.

What does this mean for the World Cup?

  • England
  • Japan
  • Argentina
  • Samoa
  • Chile

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