France vs England LIVE: Six Nations rugby latest score and updates from title decider in Paris

Proud Eddie Jones felt England’s dominating scrum deserved more after defeat in Six Nations Ireland match

Follow live coverage as France host England in the finale of the Six Nations in Paris.

History beckons for Fabien Galthie’s side as they look to claim a Grand Slam and a first championship title since 2010. Victory over England and they will achieve both those goals but any other result will see Ireland snatch the title after they beat Scotland earlier in the day .

Their team selection has shown remarkable continuity throughout the tournament with 11 players starting all five matches, with all but one of the changes made in the tournament enforced by Covid. Damian Penaud returns on the right wing in the only switch from the 13-9 victory over Wales in round four.

England have sprung a surprise in their bid to deny their hosts by naming Freddie Steward on the wing and George Furbank at full-back. The other change to the backline sees Ben Youngs, England’s most capped player, replace Harry Randall at scrum-half where he will partner fly-half Marcus Smith. There are three new faces in the pack with Will Stuart, Nick Isiekwe and Sam Underhill coming in.

Follow all the latest updates and analysis from the Stade de France:


France 3-0 England, 11 minutes

Something clever from France, throwing beyond the tail and attempting to pop back to Antoine Dupont on the inside, but Jamie George has it well marked, celebrating the knock-on with a punch of the air.

Harry Latham-Coyle19 March 2022 20:12


France 3-0 England, 10 minutes

Antoine Dupont is getting remarkable distance on his boxed clearances. England play this one quickly, with Genge’s third carry from the backfield ended with a bump from France, who are bracing well for the loosehead’s charges.

But an aerial error will allow England a chance to play inside the France half. Only briefly, though, before it is back to the boot…

And Freddie Steward is the high man to grab it! But only briefly – France jackal strongly and win the turnover penalty. Early joy for England’s bombardment, though – Steward didn’t even have to leap.

Harry Latham-Coyle19 March 2022 20:11


PENALTY! FRANCE 3-0 England (Melvyn Jaminet penalty, 9 minutes)

Through it goes. France lead.

Harry Latham-Coyle19 March 2022 20:09


France 0-0 England, 8 minutes

But England infringes at the scrum and France will have a penalty right in front. Melvyn Jaminet gestures for the kicking tee as Antoine Dupont indicates towards the posts…

Harry Latham-Coyle19 March 2022 20:08


France 0-0 England, 7 minutes

A real chance missed! It’s delightful interplay from France from the set-piece, Damian Penaud providing linking hands from the blindside wing having darted behind Romain Ntamack. Great open acreage appears in front of Gael Fickou but the centre, normally so assured, knocks on!

Harry Latham-Coyle19 March 2022 20:07


France 0-0 England, 6 minutes

England play out to the left and Jack Nowell can collect meters up the touchline after a nice George Furbank pass, but France get over the ball and force Nowell to hold on.

Harry Latham-Coyle19 March 2022 20:06


France 0-0 England, 5 minutes

There Genge is again, this time more decisively brought down by the French eight. It’s something Leicester have tried before, getting a real power carrier in the backfield.

Harry Latham-Coyle19 March 2022 20:05


France 0-0 England, 4 minutes

Off goes Ellis Genge! The prop lurks in the backfield and sets off on a rumble after he is passed the ball, bashing away one would-be tackler. Intriguing plot from England.

Harry Latham-Coyle19 March 2022 20:05


France 0-0 England, 3 minutes

Another kick from Smith, this time jauntier, lifting for Freddie Steward to rush on to on the wing. There’s a little bit of space, but Smith hasn’t quite flown it enough, and France watch it hop into touch.

Harry Latham-Coyle19 March 2022 20:04


France 0-0 England, 2 minutes

Almost inevitably, Jaco Peyper will have to reset the first engagement, which wasn’t quite lining up right.

It’s better the second time round and England play away from a stable base. Marcus Smith loops round the back and stabs a grubber through, but France get men back to smother and clear. It’s an outstanding kick, too, from Antoine Dupont, gaining a load of ground. England lineout inside their own half.

Harry Latham-Coyle19 March 2022 20:03

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