France have collapsed into a shambolic, disorganised rabble

France’s injured captain Guilhem Guirado and Dany Priso endure the closing moments of their humiliating 44-8 Six Nations defeat to England last weekend. Picture: Adrian Dennis/ AFP/Getty Images

The French federation is guilty of dereliction of duty for the manner with which they have allowed their national team become an object of ridicule, says Donal Lenihan

Two weeks in, and we have a much clearer picture of where the 2019 Six Nations championship is heading. England have been the standout team to date but with a demanding trip to Cardiff to face a Welsh side that in Warren Gatland’s words have “forgotten how to lose”, that could change quickly.

Wales are on an 11-game winning streak — their best since 1910 — but I’m still not convinced by them. Beat England on Saturday week, and that will be a different matter. It would also do Ireland’s championship prospects no harm and provide a huge incentive heading into the most challenging period of the entire tournament for Joe Schmidt when facing France and Wales over a six-day period.

After a fabulous opening round of action, last weekend’s fare felt a little flat. Scotland have once again flattered to deceive while Ireland were still short of their best yet won with a bit to spare. Even allowing for the high winds around Edinburgh, the quality of Saturday’s game was pretty poor.

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