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Saturday 10 March 2018, 11:45am EST

France v England

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  • FT
  • Penalty GoalLionel Beauxis
  • ConversionOwen Farrell
  • TRY!Jonny May
  • Penalty GoalMaxime Machenaud
  • Yellow CardAnthony Watson
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalMaxime Machenaud
  • Penalty GoalMaxime Machenaud
  • Penalty GoalOwen Farrell
  • Penalty GoalMaxime Machenaud
  • Penalty GoalElliot Daly
  • Penalty GoalOwen Farrell
  • KO


Match Stats
Player Stats
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
France T C P
15 Hugo Bonneval 0 0 0
14 Benjamin Fall 0 0 0
13 Mathieu Bastareaud 0 0 0
12 Geoffrey Doumayrou 0 0 0
11 Remy Grosso 0 0 0
10 Francois Trinh-Duc 0 0 0
9 Maxime Machenaud 0 0 4
1 Jefferson Poirot 0 0 0
2 Guilhem Guirado 0 0 0
3 Rabah Slimani 0 0 0
4 Paul Gabrillagues 0 0 0
5 Sebastien Vahaamahina 0 0 0
6 Wenceslas Lauret 0 0 0
7 Yacouba Camara 0 0 0
8 Marco Tauleigne 0 0 0
16 Adrien Pélissié 0 0 0
17 Dany Priso 0 0 0
18 Cedate Gomes Sa 0 0 0
19 Bernard Le Roux 0 0 0
20 Kelian Galletier 0 0 0
21 Baptiste Couilloud 0 0 0
22 Lionel Beauxis 0 0 1
23 Gael Fickou 0 0 0
England T C P
15 Anthony Watson 0 0 0
14 Jonny May 1 0 0
13 Ben Te'o 0 0 0
12 Owen Farrell 0 1 2
11 Elliot Daly 0 0 1
10 George Ford 0 0 0
9 Danny Care 0 0 0
1 Mako Vunipola 0 0 0
2 Jamie George 0 0 0
3 Dan Cole 0 0 0
4 Joe Launchbury 0 0 0
5 Maro Itoje 0 0 0
6 Courtney Lawes 0 0 0
7 Chris Robshaw 0 0 0
8 Nathan Hughes 0 0 0
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 0 0 0
17 Joe Marler 0 0 0
18 Kyle Sinckler 0 0 0
19 James Haskell 0 0 0
20 Sam Simmonds 0 0 0
21 Richard Wigglesworth 0 0 0
22 Jonathan Joseph 0 0 0
23 Mike Brown 0 0 0


Six Nations

4 France 66 11
5 England 86 10
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  • Despair on the face of the England players; elation across France. They have pulled off a massive win at the Stade de France, their first in four at the national stadium - and in the process, have clinched the victory that hands the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations to Ireland! There'll be a lot of sore heads in the morning from Bordeaux to Belfast - and only Eddie Jones' men left to face, Joe Schmidt's side are on the cusp of making Grand Slam history. Jacques Brunel gets his first win against England too, in another little piece of history made in Saint-Denis tonight; this is a day that will live long in the memory. Congratulations to Ireland on claiming the Championship - and until the next time, thank you for joining us and have a good weekend!
  • England go through the phases and get close to the right post - and inside the maul, they knock on! France win 22-16 in Paris - and Ireland win the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations with a round to go! Full-time at the Stade de France, it finishes France 22-16 England!
  • France pinch the line-out - but Beauxis fails to find touch! May recovers and then England get another penalty, with Farrell drilling it close on the left wing again for another line-out.
  • The short kick-off doesn't come up for England but they do regather the ball - and then are award a penalty as the clock rolls over 80 minutes for not rolling away. Farrell finds touch and puts it five metres away from the French try-line.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: France 22-16 England. The hosts give themselves a six-point cushion with seconds remaining as Lionel Beauxis, on for Trinh-Duc, slots the extras over from bang in front. Only a converted try can win it for England now...
  • Penalty to France, 20m out from the England line! Robshaw concedes, as he fails to clear the ruck and the hosts will go for goal.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: France 19-16 England. Farrell gives the travelling supports a little more to cheer about as he slots the conversion from out wide. Three points in it now with five minutes left.
  • Try
    TRY: France 19-14 England. The visitors get their first try of the game with six minutes left! It's Jonny May, gifted a bounce-back pass on the left wing by Daly, who scrambles in to cut the gap. The Championship is gone but can England at least ensure they finish with a flourish in Paris?
  • Te'o is through the gap for England, 20m out! But his looping pass wide to Daly lands in front of the winger and by the time he regathers, France have reset their line, before a Mike Brown kick is scuffed out in the corner.
  • Robshaw comes to England's rescue again as the openside flanker earns another turnover with France inches away.
  • After a double collapse, France get the ball out and immediately rampage crossfield to go close on the right wing. England hold up Fickou and then Machenaud but the hosts continue to pile on the pressure.
  • France work their way smartly downfield now, playing solid, workmanlike rugby, driving over in the tackle to keep on moving forward. They earn a scrum now, 20m out, after an England knock-on at a messy ruck.
  • England regather from the restart with a line-out and work their way solidly forward, with Te'o and Haskell offering half-breaks - and then Simmonds is turned over cheaply by Sa. France well in control now heading into the final 15 minutes.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: France 19-9 England. Machenaud adds those extras with a lovely kick and surely the Championship is headed to Ireland now. England look out of ideas all around.
  • Jonathan Joseph is on for Ford now as France are awarded a penalty 40m out. Machenaud points to the sticks; he's going to go for the three points.
  • A change of tightheads for both sides; Cedate Gomes Sa and Kyle Sinckler arrive to refresh their respective front rows.
  • Lauret pinches the line-out and it's a poor effort from England to defend, with May eventually collecting a box kick before Ford knocks on just inside the French half.
  • Robshaw now wins a penalty at the ruck for England as he forces the turnover on Geoffrey Doumayrou. Farrell's kick is brilliant and gives them the line-out five metres out from the French line on their left wing.
  • Another France penalty as the assistant referee calls out Daly for a push off the ball. England pinch the resulting line-out and clear but Bastareaud comes charging on the attack again to cause them trouble.
  • Vunipola forces the scrum collapse and England are let off the hook; they get the line-out 40m away from their own line.
  • A change for the visitors as they prepare to pack down; Launchbury makes way for James Haskell.
  • That could have been two tries for France! Gosso blasts away down the wing, cutting through the defence and May manages to get back to hold him back 20m out - but France have the sweeping overlap and shift it wide to the right. England just hold up Machenaud over the line after the hosts delay a moment too long; it'll be an attacking scrum for Les Bleus only yards away from the try-line.
  • Try
    PENALTY TRY: France 16-9 England. France get a penalty try and England get a yellow card! Watson is deemed to have prevented the score with an illegal high challenge and the fullback is sent to the sin bin, whilst Fall is awarded the try with the conversion included. Is that the NatWest 6 Nations for Ireland then?
  • Penalty advantage to France and Guirado forces his side down the right wing. A crossfield kick by Trinh-Duc finds Benjamin Fall - and Anthony Watson manages to hold him up with what looks like a high shot. The referee wants the opinion of the TMO...
  • Solid counter-rucking by France - again, led by Bastareaud - earns another penalty for the hosts and England look in serious trouble at the breakdown.
  • Great work from Bastareaud as he forces the turnover on Ford, five metres out from his own try-line in the back-left corner.
  • France concede a penalty for messing around at the ruck on halfway and England put it into touch for the line-out some 15m away from the French line. The visitors are no longer in the mood to exchange penalty kicks; they have to get tries on the board.
  • We're back underway in France as Jefferson Poirot makes the first drive from the kick-off for the hosts. Have England got what it takes to find their groove and keep the Championship flame alive?
  • England have 40 minutes to save their NatWest 6 Nations dream. They are on level pegging with a gutsy French side in a game that has offered little creative flair and a litany of penalties - but they arguably have the edge over a flagging French pack. Can they clean up their error count and find the win - plus those four tries and a bonus point - to take the Championship into next week? At half-time, it's France 9-9 England.
  • At the fourth attempt, England finally get the ball out of the scrum but lose it two phases later to their hosts. France look to break downfield; before Bastareaud dumps a pass aimed for Grosso out on the wing. It earns the half-time whistle - and both teams go in level at the break in this NatWest 6 Nations clash.
  • Two failed attempts to set the scrum without a penalty to either side and a third attempt also collapses as the clock ticks over 40 minutes.
  • A chance for England now; Camara coughs up the ball with a knock-on and England get the scrum out on their left wing, 20m away.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: France 9-9 England It's all square at the Stade de France as Machenaud slots it over once more. The NatWest 6 Nations is heading to Ireland as it stands...
  • Camara pinches the ball at the breakdown and then France snatch a penalty on the back of his break for offside just inside the England half. Machenaud will go for goal to tie up the scores.
  • A little more grunt from England sparks some fast play which ends with a lacklustre Ford kick that Machenaud returns with a box effort of his own to Watson on halfway.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: France 6-9 England. Machenaud will go for goal again - and slots over the points to slash the gap again. England's chances of a third Championship in a row are slipping through their fingers.
  • France win a dangerous line-out after the restart and pile the pressure on the England line with some fast-paced play led by Sebastien Vahaamahina. They get a penalty advantage - and a subsequent penalty after Machenaud fluffs a simple ball around the ruck.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: France 3-9 England. The visitors restore a six-point advantage as Farrell slots over the three points with little difficulty.
  • Penalty advantage to England at the resulting line-out after the maul is collapsed by Wenceslas Lauret and though Ben Te'o tries to play advantage, the referee brings him back. Farrell will go for goal out on the right from 50m.
  • Inventive play from a line-out off the restart for England; they thread it wide to the right, stretching the French defence, and a touchline grubber from May is grounded in goal by Grosso to defuse the danger.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: France 3-6 England. Machenaud cuts the gap with a well-placed kick that sails comfortably between the uprights.
  • That's a shame for Hughes; the England man does not look in a good way and has to be helped from the field by two medics. France pick up a penalty for the tackle in which Hughes was injured and will go for goal, 54m out on the right, as Sam Simmonds arrives for the visitors.
  • Promising work from France from the restart as Guilhem Guirado works off the back of a Mathieu Bastareaud break, before play is paused for an injury to Nathan Hughes.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: France 0-6 England. That is a monster kick from Elliot Daly, tasked with the effort from distance; it just creeps over the crossbar to add three points to England's lead. Still no tries yet though - and they'll need them for the all-important bonus point...
  • Robshaw knocks on in attempting to intercept the line-out, with France awarded the scrum - but the hosts then concede the penalty for collapsing it. England will go for goal again, just inside their own half, 55m away.
  • A botched clearing kick by Fickou goes straight to Lawes but France manage to earn the penalty through the turnover on the next phase, 25m out from their own line. They kick for touch and get the line-out on halfway.
  • Machenaud makes the wrong call however, putting in an attacking kick that runs too deep for any of his team-mates to claim, with Watson watching it out.
  • France finally win the line-out and then earn a scrum in midfield for good measure. They're within touching distance of the England line now.
  • It's a penalty to France - May is deemed to have taken Bonneval out - and the French full-back is off for a HIA with Gael Fickou on in his place. Trinh-Duc finds touch close to the England try-line...
  • Yacouba Camara makes additional headway for France, before Slimani knocks on in the tackle 10m out. Care returns with a kick that foxes Bonneval with a wicked bounce - and he collides with Jonny May who comes up with the ball.
  • A penalty now for England allows them to put France on the back foot with a defensive line-out - but France turn it into offence with an interception break only two phases later through Grosso to put them on halfway.
  • Great work from France to earn the turnover on Launchbury, 15m away from their own try-line - but again, they lose the line-out in centrefield, with Lawes tipping it back to Danny Care.
  • Machenaud is dumped into touch from Ford's box kick and France are pinned back in their own 20m for the line-out.
  • Penalty to France now as they force the turnover but from the resulting line-out just side the England half, the visitors win the ball back through Joe Launchbury.
  • Watson is tasked to drop back for the ball after a charge-down sets England back to halfway. George Ford pokes a kick out to May on the right wing, where Hugo Bonneval collects - only for the Frenchman to hurl a loose offload straight into the arms of Chris Robshaw.
  • Maro Itoje lays a promising platform for Courtney Lawes from the line-out and England gradually work their way through the phases as they gain on the French try-line.
  • Great work from Mako Vunipola earns a penalty for England after Maxime Machenaud fails to clear the ruck.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: France 0-3 England. Owen Farrell, captain for the day, slots it out from 45m out in front and England have the advantage inside the opening five minutes.
  • Penalty now to England as Rabah Slimani collapses the scrum and England are going to go for goal to try and take an early lead.
  • We're underway in this NatWest 6 Nations game in Paris as England look to keep their Championship dreams alive! Francois Trinh-Duc kicks off for France - and almost immediately, the hosts are nearly in, with Remy Grosso whipping down the left wing inside the opening minute. It's soft defence from the visitors and Jonny May manages to drag the winger into touch inches shy of the line - but the referee brings both sides back for a forward pass in the build-up. Scrum to England just inside the French half.
  • The teams are out at the Stade de France for the national anthems.
  • France are the only side without a single player to feature for the full 240 minutes on field in this Championship campaign; every other side has at least two players yet to miss any action, with England boasting three in the shape of Farrell, May and Itoje.
  • Mathieu Bastareaud arguably possesses the biggest threat for England to deal with today; the Frenchman won four turnovers against Italy, the most by any player in a match in this year’s Championship and the most by a French player in the tournament since 2013 when Thierry Dusautoir managed four too, also against Italy.
  • England have won nine of the last 11 matches between these sides since the Championship expanded, including the last three in a row; the last time they won more consecutive games against France was a run of seven victories between 1989 and 1995. They look good to increase that streak to four; the hosts have failed to win in Paris in their last three games, their second-worst run at home after a five-game streak between 1998 and 2000.
  • Both sides have produced some sterling second-half defence so far this year; across three weekends, they have only conceded a single try after the break each. In addition, four of Les Bleus’ six tries this campaign have originated from inside their own half, more than any other side.
  • Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, James Haskell, Sam Simmonds, Richard Wigglesworth, Jonathan Joseph, Mike Brown
  • England: Anthony Watson, Jonny May, Ben Te'o, Owen Farrell (c), Elliot Daly, George Ford, Danny Care; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Chris Robshaw, Nathan Hughes
  • Replacements: Adrien Pelissie, Dany Priso, Cedate Gomes Sa, Romain Taofifenua, Kelian Galletier, Baptiste Couilloud, Lionel Beauxis, Gael Fickou
  • France XV: Hugo Bonneval, Benjamin Fall, Mathieu Bastareaud, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Remy Grosso, Francois Trinh-Duc, Maxime Machenaud; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado (c), Rabah Slimani, Paul Gabrillagues, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Wenceslas Lauret, Yacouba Camara, Marco Tauleigne
  • Team news now and aside from Hartley’s absence, England have made a brace of changes in their back-line. Jamie George comes in at hooker to replace the absent captain; Ben Te’eo and Elliot Daly return to the starting line-up, with Anthony Watson shifting to fullback and Mike Brown and Jonathan Joseph relegated to the bench. France make a single change throughout; Lionel Beauxis drops to the bench and Francois Trinh-Duc starts in his place in the halves.
  • Owen Farrell takes on the captaincy of the English national side for the first time in his career in Paris in lieu of the injured Dylan Hartley, and is tasked with avoiding some unwanted history today; avoiding a first consecutive defeat in a campaign since 2009. Stunned by Scotland in the Calcutta Cup last time out, the visitors will be looking for a victorious response – and having not lost in their last nine Round 4 fixtures, they will be keen to keep their Championship dreams alive.
  • Hello and welcome, from around the world, to live coverage of the penultimate weekend of the NatWest 6 Nations as France face off against England at the Stade de France. It’s a must-win game for Eddie Jones’ side against Les Bleus; only with the full contingent of five points from this match, including a bonus point, can keep the Championship alive for the visitors, after Ireland secured the maximum against Scotland earlier today. Against a feisty French side keen to back up their win against Italy two weeks ago, do they have what it takes to score four tries and claim a vital victory?

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