England have been crowned 2020 Women’s Six Nations champions after France were held to a 13-13 draw by Scotland at Scotstoun Stadium.

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France needed a win in Glasgow to take the title race to a final round but they saw a 10-point lead reeled in after wing Rachel Shankland crossed in the 73rd minute.

Helen Nelson’s conversion meant the match finished in a stalemate as Scotland avoided defeat for the first time in three rounds of a competition interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Head coach Simon Middleton said: “We are delighted to have retained the title after four big performances from the team to date.

“It’s a fitting reward for all the hard work put in earlier this year.

“We have a big week ahead and the aim is to stay focussed on securing the Grand Slam in Italy next weekend.”

England are now six points clear at the summit of the table and can not be caught with their final match against Italy to come on November 1. Middleton will announce his squad for the Italy game later this week.

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